Granada 0-4 in Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi each score a brace to put the guests in third place in LaLiga. Jesus Vallejo is sent to be forgotten in one evening for hosts
- Antoine Griezmann gave Barcelona the lead in the 12th minute on Saturday night with a goal from close range
- Lionel Messi doubled the Spanish giants’ lead after 35 minutes by curling into the top corner
- Messi made it 3-0 before half-time with a brilliant free kick that he stroked into the bottom corner
- Griezmann scored his second and Barca’s fourth goal with a half volley with his right foot just past the hour
- Things got worse for Granada when Jesus Vallejo was sent off for a professional foul on Martin Braithwaite
Well, it didn’t take long – everyone knew some decent games and Lionel Messi would be among the top scorers in Spain again. After four goals in four days, he is now LaLiga’s top scorer.
He starred in another very good away game from Barcelona, beating Granada 4-0 and returning to third place in LaLiga.
Barcelona took the lead after 12 minutes when a pass destined for Messi by Sergio Busquets was diverted from Roberto Soldado into Antoine Griezmann’s path.
Antoine Griezmann (center) scores Barcelona’s first goal in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Granada
Griezmann celebrates with his teammate Lionel Messi after giving Barcelona the lead in the 12th minute
Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead in the 35th minute with this curling after a nice pass from Griezmann
Barcelona’s talisman watches his shot bend into the top left corner of the goal to double his advantage
Granada (4-2-3-1): Silva; Foulquier, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva (Vallejo 46); Herrera (Soro 67), Eteki; Diaz, Montoro (Milla 46), Machis (Kenedy 65), Soldado (Suarez 45).
Booked: Soldado, Suarez
Red card: Vallejo
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen, Dest (Firpo 81), Mingueza, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong (Pjanic 65), Busquets, Pedri (Trincao 73); Dembele (Puig 73), Messi (Braithwaite 65), Griezmann.
Booked: Mingueza, Alba, Busquets
Gates: Griezmann (12 and 63), Messi (37 and 43)
Referee:Ricardo de Burgos
The French striker was offside but it didn’t matter after Soldado gave him the ball and after he was originally disfellowshipped on the offside flag, the referee gave the goal to Ricardo de Burgos.
Barcelona raised concerns in the 24th minute when Samuel Umtiti was injured. He was only on the starting grid because Sergio Araujo was injured in the warm-up and Barcelona were already able to do without the suspended Clement Lenglet and the long-term injured Gerard Pique.
Umtiti carried on while Junior Firpo and midfielder Miralem Pjanic were warmed up with their backs full. However, Barcelona seemed increasingly vulnerable to attack in Granada. Soldado shot a shot out of bounds and Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Darwin Machis a long shot.
Umtiti stayed on and Messi soon doubled his lead as he shot past Rui Silva with a left foot after being substituted on by Griezmann. Granada was upset because Busquets had handled in construction. It was Messi’s tenth goal of the season that made him joint top scorer in Spain with Gerard Moreno.
And soon he was traveling alone. Ousmane Dembele ran away trying to get to Pedri but was flattened by German Sanchez on the edge of the field and given a free kick.
Messi hadn’t scored a goal against Osasuna since last July, but 63 attempts after that goal he threw a low shot past Silva to make it 3-0. And that earned him 11 goals this season.
Granada made three changes during the break and Colombian Luis Suarez, who replaced Soldado, soon pulled a foul and a booking from the formidable Oscar Mingueza. Antonio Puertas then saved Ter Stegen.
Messi scored the 3-0 win agains