FULL-TIME, Granada 2-2 Barcelona: The craziest game of the La Liga season ends in a draw. Both teams deserved to win, so a point feels fair. Barça make a comeback and earn a point, but are now three points off the top going into the international break. It’s not a loss but it doesn’t feel great either, and it feels worse to know they could — and should — have won it.
90+3’ GOAL DISALLOWED: João Félix heads it home to make it 3-2 Barça, but the goal is disallowed for an offside on Ferran Torres in the buildup.
85’ GOAL!!! Granada 2-2 Barcelona (Roberto): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Gavi finds Alejandro Balde on the wing and he puts in a perfect cross to Sergi Roberto who gets to the ball before the goalkeeper and gives Barça a chance to win it!!! Granada wanted a foul in the buildup but VAR sees no issue on the play, and the goal stands.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Granada 2-1 Barcelona: Back underway at Los Cármenes! Let’s make a comeback, boys!!!
HALFTIME, Granada 2-1 Barcelona: A wild first half ends with Granada in front with two goals from their only two shots and Barça giving themselves some hope for a comeback in the second half.
45+1’ GOAL!!! Granada 2-1 Barcelona (Yamal): BARÇA GET A GOAL BACK! Gavi finds João Félix inside the box and his deflected attempt falls perfectly into the path of Lamine Yamal who scores his first Barça goal and gives the Blaugrana some hope just before halftime!
44’ INJURY: Yet another key injury for Barça as Jules Kounde hurts his knee in a completely accidental collision with Gavi inside his own box and has to be replaced by Ronald Araujo. Just awful injury luck for Barça right now.
29’ GOAL, Granada 2-0 Barcelona (Zaragoza): Granada double the lead as a long ball from Gerard Gumbau finds the run of Bryan Zaragoza, who sits down Jules Kounde inside the box and scores his second of the half.
1’ GOAL, Granada 1-0 Barcelona (Zaragoza): Granada take the lead just 20 seconds into the game as Gavi gives it away in midfield and the ball is played through to Bryan Zaragoza, who sneaks it past Marc-André ter Stegen and puts the home team in front in shocking fashion.
KICKOFF! Granada 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at Los Cármenes!
WELCOME TO THE ESTÁDIO NUEVO LOS CÁRMENES!!! The cozy home of Granada in beautiful Andalusia is the site of the final La Liga game before the international break between the hosts and champions Barcelona, who come into this one looking to remain unbeaten this season and needing a victory to keep pace with the leaders at the top of the table. But it won’t be easy against a physical, aggressive Granada side that will take the fight to Barça, and this should be another battle for the Catalans. This will be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Fermín, Gündogan, Gavi; Yamal, Ferran, Félix (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Astralaga (GK), Araujo, Iñigo, Alonso, Roberto, Romeu, Víctor, Guiu
Starting XI: Ferreira; Sánchez, Rubio, Miquel, Neva; Zaragoza, Villar, Gumbau, Fernández; Uzuni, Boyé (4-4-2)
Substitutes: López (GK), Manafá, Vallejo, Torrente, Petrovic, Ruiz, Melendo, Callejón, Puertas, Weissman, Diédhiou, Perea
Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 9
Date/Time: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Referee: César Soto Grado
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Viaplay Sports 2 (UK), Not Available (Spain, Canada), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the 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!