FULL-TIME, Granada 0-4 Barcelona: Fantastic, complete performance from the team and quite a few outsanding individual games as well. Three huge points and this team is really starting to come together. Well done, boys!
80min: Final substitution for Barça as Junior Firpo is on for Sergiño Dest.
78min: RED CARD!!! Jesús Vallejo fouls Braithwaite who was all alone in front of goal at the edge of the box and the defender is sent off!
72min: Two more changes from Ronald Koeman as Francisco Trincão and Riqui Puig come on for Pedri and Dembélé.
64min: Two changes for Barça as Lionel Messi and Frenkie De Jong get an extra rest and Martin Braithwaite comes in along with Miralem Pjanic.
GOAL!!! Granada 0-4 Barcelona (Griezmann 63’): IT’S FOUR!!! Ousmane Dembélé lobs a pass to Griezmann inside the box, and Antoine controls it with his left and finds the net with his right! Beautiful goal!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Granada 0-3 Barcelona: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s score more goals and win this one in style!
HALFTIME, Granada 0-3 Barcelona: Well deserved lead for Barça who were the better team and absolutely clinical in front of goal.
GOAL!!! Granada 0-3 Barcelona (Messi 42’): IT’S THREE!!! Pedri wins a free-kick at the edge of the box and Messi fires a rocket to the bottom corner and Rui Silva can’t get to it in time!
36min: GOAL CONFIRMED! VAR looks back at the start of the attacking move and a handball by Busquets but the play is deemed to have no effect on the goal and the call stands!
GOAL!!! Granada 0-2 Barcelona (Messi 35’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA!!! Griezmann carries the ball down the left and finds Lionel Messi inside the box, and the captain shifts the ball into his left foot and finds the top corner!
30min: Umtiti and Dest and staying on for now, but it’ll be interesting to see if they return from the halftime break.
25min: Two Barça players are down injured: Sergiño Dest and Samuel Umtiti. Without Araujo, this is a big headache for Ronald Koeman to reshape the defense.
GOAL!!! Granada 0-1 Barcelona (Griezmann 12’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Sergio Busquets’ pass is deflected by Roberto Soldado into the path of Antoine Griezmann who scores a tap-in. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the pass came from a Granada player so Griezmann is onside and the goal is confirmed by VAR!
KICKOFF! Granada 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
LINEUP CHANGE! Samuel Umtiti is starting in place of Ronald Araujo, who was injured during warm-ups.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Araujo, Firpo, Pjanic, Matheus, Ilaix, Puig, Trincão, Konrad, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Silva; Foulquier, Sánchez, Duarte, Neva; Herrera, Montoro, Eteki; Puertas, Soldado, Machís (4-3-3)
Bench: Escandell (GK), Fàbrega (GK), Pérez, Vallejo, Sánchez, Milla, Vico, Azeez, Kenedy, Soro, Suárez, Molina
WELCOME TO THE NUEVO ESTADIO LOS CÁRMENES!!! The home of Granada is the site of a big La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one on a seven-game unbeaten streak in the league and starting to show some positive signs but will face a tough test against a Top 7 team that’s played well all season, especially at home. This should be a fun one, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 18
Date/Time: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 6.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 5.30pm GMT (UK), 12.30pm ET, 9.30am PT (USA), 11pm IST (India)
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
VAR: Valentín Pizarro Gómez
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!