Granada 2-2 Barcelona (October 8, 2023) match analysis


Substitute Sergi Roberto scored for Barcelona to draw 2-2 with Granada on Sunday after their winger Lamine Yamar became La Liga’s youngest player at 16 years and 87 days Goal scorer.

Joao Felix looked to have given Barcelona the lead in second-half stoppage time, but VAR intervened and ruled that Ferran Torres’ cross was offside.

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Granada striker Brian Zaragoza scored twice in the first half to give the hosts a two-goal lead, but Yamal’s close-range strike before the break put Barca back in the lead.

After nine games, Barcelona ranks third with 21 points, one point behind Girona and three points behind leader Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid is fourth with 19 points with a game in hand.

Yamal broke the La Liga record held by Málaga player Fabrice Olinga, who scored against Celta Vigo in 2012 at the age of 16 Years old and 98 days.

In August, he set a record for Barcelona’s youngest player to appear in an official match. Then in September, in the 2024 European Cup qualifier away game against Georgia, he made his debut at the age of 16 years and 57 days, becoming Spain’s first player. The youngest international player and goalscorer in history.

Despite Yamal’s historic night, he was withdrawn after asking to be taken off in the 76th minute. Jules Kounde also left early, joining Robert Lewandowski on Barcelona’s injured list, who left Wednesday’s Champions League win over Porto early with an ankle sprain. .

“We were completely dominant, we created chances and deserved more,” Xavi said after the game. “But it came down to our own fault. The first 20 seconds of the play – we couldn’t play like that. Then they got the second one and you go against the flow from there. We showed patience after that and dominated the tournament game.

“Ultimately, we deserved this win. One point is not enough.”

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said both Yamal and Kounde appear to be fine but will be assessed in the coming days.

Joao Felix reacts during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Granada in La Liga.

Goals from Yamal and Roberto saved a point for Barca, who struggled in the first half but dominated late on, with Granada’s Andre Ferreira having to make a move Series of saves.

The skilful Zaragoza wasted at least two great chances to extend Granada’s counterattack lead in the first half.

In the 87th minute, Roberto scored for the first time after receiving a pass from Alejandro Balde to help Barcelona equalize the score, and then he fired a thunderous goal towards the goal post.

Barcelona players and Xavi subsequently complained loudly to the referee, who ruled that Felix’s stoppage-time goal was disallowed for controversial offside.

“I think we deserved more, but we paid for our mistakes. Obviously we can’t play like this,” Xavi told DAZN.

“We were patient, we dominated. Maybe this was the game where we had the most possession and we had a lot of chances.

“Unfortunately, we only came back from 2-0 down after two counterattacks. My overall feeling is good, but we lost two points.”

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