Barcelona 1-2 Granada Barca miss chance to go top despite Messi strike

Barcelona 1-2 Granada: Barca miss chance to go top despite Lionel Messi netting 26th league goal this season after pledging future to the club as visitors come from behind to claim first ever LaLiga victory at the Nou Camp after losing previous 24 games

  • Barcelona missed the chance to go top of La Liga after surprise home defeat 
  • Messi combined with Griezmann before slotting into the far corner for first goal
  • Machis netted second-half equaliser before sub Molina headed home the winner

Barcelona suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Granada on Thursday, conceding two second-half goals to blow the chance of moving top of La Liga.

The result was a body blow for Barca, who had lost just once in their previous 22 league games and no longer have the destiny of the title in their own hands.

‘We’re really down. We tried until the end but we weren’t good enough in the attacking third and they’ve scored with their two attacks,’ Barcelona defender Jordi Alba told Movistar.

Antoine Griezmann teed up Lionel Messi for his 26th league goal of the season

‘It was a unique chance to go top after such a tough year. It’s not in our hands but we need to win all the five remaining games and see what happens.’

Things started well for the Catalans, who took the lead on 23 minutes after Antoine Griezmann teed up Lionel Messi for his 26th league goal of the season.

The Argentine forward was denied by Granada keeper Aaron Escandell one-on-one shortly afterwards, and it proved to be a vital stop in the context of the game – as well as the title race.

Messi watches on as the visitors celebrate after levelling the scores in the 63rd minute

Machis fired the ball home after Oscar Mingueza failed to cut out Luis Suarez’s through ball

Darwin Machis levelled the scores on 63 minutes after Oscar Mingueza failed to cut out Luis Suarez’s through ball and in the aftermath Barca coach Ronald Koeman was sent off by referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes.

The hosts were stunned 11 minutes from time when substitute Jorge Molina headed in Adrian Marin’s pinpoint cross from close range to secure a first-ever away win at Barcelona for Diego Martinez’s side.

Barca sit third in the standings on 71 points, two points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid. They trail great rivals Real Madrid, who also have 71, in second place due to their inferior head-to-head record.

Koeman’s red card means the Dutchman will likely miss Sunday’s trip to former club Valencia, as well as next weekend’s title showdown with Atletico.

The Argentine can’t hide his disappointment after Jorge Molina scored their second goal

Barca coach Ronald Koeman in the stand after being sent off by ref Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes

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