First Division - Day 29

Granada 1 - Barcelona 4

Granada: Ochoa; Foulquier, Saunier, Lombán, Gastón Silva (Isaac Cuenca 78’), Héctor; Wakaso, Uche Agbo, Angban (Boga 46’), Andreas Pereira; Kravets (Adrián Ramos 55’). 5-4-1.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Mascherano, Mathieu, Jordi Alba; André Gomes (Iniesta 67’), Busquets, Rakitic (Carles Aleñá 87’); Rafinha (Paco Alcácer 17’), Luis Suárez, Neymar. 4-3-3.

0-1. 44. Luis Suárez. Ran on to long Jorda Alba pass and lifted shot over Ochoa.
1-1. 50. Boga. Picked up Saunier pass and struck angled shot wide of Ter Stegen.
1-2. 64. Alcácer. Collected lofted Luis Suárez pass and steered shot past keeper.
1-3. 83. Rakitic. Shot from edge of area which took slight deflection off Saunier.
1-4. 91. Neymar. Got on the end of Paco Alcácer cross to turn shot inside far post.

Yellow cards: Sergi Roberto 28’, Lombán 59’, Jordi Alba 60’, Rakitic 77’, Uche Agbo 79’, 82’ / red cards: Uche Agbo 82’.

Barcelona kept up pace with Real Madrid after they beat Granada 1-4 in the last match of Sunday evening, the win keeping them within two points of the leaders in the table. With Messi suspended, Luis Suárez took over the limelight, the Uruguayan striker lobbing a shot against the bar and bringing two or three good saves out of Ochoa before opening the scoring on the stroke of half time. Five minutes in to the second half Boga ran on to Saunier’s pass to level the scores, but a quarter of an hour later Paco Alcácer (who had replaced the injured Rafinha earlier on) restored the lead after Luis Suárez set him up. The Andalusians were left with ten men when Uche Agbo picked up two bookings in quick succession, and in the last ten minutes or so Rakitic and Neymar added two more, and Neymar came close to fifth when he fired a shot against the upright in the dying seconds.