Surprise Not today La Liga Barcelona blew a 2-1 lead at home to Granada, missing out on a chance to climb to the top of La Liga.
The Blaugrana took the lead through Lionel Messi, but Diego Martnez’s side came back to win thanks to goals from Darwin Machs and Jorge Molina.
Scorers: Messi 24′; Machís 63′, Molina 79′.
Today’s full-time matchup is Barcelona vs. Granada.
In the first half, Barcelona was in complete control and led after 24 minutes.
Messi linked up with Antoine Griezmann, who made a stunning turn to get away from his defender. Before passing the ball back to Messi, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
When Barça’s number 10 was played through on goal moments later. Granada goalkeeper Aarón Escandell saved the game denied him with a fine stop with his feet.
From here the surprise began
The hosts, on the other hand, totally disintegrated in the second half. With Machs coming off the bench to shoot past Marc-André ter Stegen after Luis Suárez’s through ball not cut out by Oscar Mingueza.
Until Granada stole the win, Ronald Koeman was sent off for what seems to be what he said to the referee.
A counter-attack by Granada resulted in Adrián Marn Gómez’s cross headed in by Jorge Molina. Effectively ending Barça’s chances of winning LaLiga.
They are now in third place, two points behind Atlético de Madrid, and their chances of winning the league are no longer in their hands.
Critics have quickly suggested that the 33-year-old has slowed down as he approaches the end of his career.
However, they could have talked too soon. Surprise Not today La Liga
If Barcelona beats Granada tonight, they will go top of La Liga, leaving the championship race in their hands, and Messi has stepped up to the plate to lead his team to victory.
It also ensures that the Argentine has maintained his incredible start to the year in 2021.
Is this, after all, his year?