Barça, 14 points behind Madrid after ‘puncturing’ in Granada (1-1)

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Antonio Puertas scores the tying goal in 89.

New puncture of Xavi Hernández’s Barça in the League after drawing 1-1 against Granada in a game in which he finished with ten due to Gavi’s expulsion and in which he saw his rival tie him in 89 thanks to a great goal from Puertas .

The Catalans are 14 points behind the leader, Real Madrid, which could distance themselves to 17 if they beat Valencia this Saturday at the Bernabéu.

Barça did not generate many chances but managed to score through De Jong, who was substituted in the second half.

The Andalusian team defended themselves well and generated danger as well. Gavi returned to the eleven lacking energy and Barça’s options clearly went through a Luuk de Jong capable of finishing it all and a Dembélé that, although without shining, proved to be capable of messing it up at any time. The Dutchman came to see the door but the VAR took the goal away from him and shortly after he tried his luck as a spur.

Those of Robert Moreno were locked in excess but after 20 minutes they began to arrive in danger. He lacked precision and rhythm to create danger for Xavi’s team, with a well-retracted Granada. In his response, Machís tested Ter Stegen’s renewed confidence, also key in Son Moix, and the possession was even equalized.

Dembélé went on to try with boarding schools inside but the Culé attack was a wish and I can’t. In the resumption, the French attacker reaffirmed himself as a culé asset, monopolizing the visitors’ actions in the opposite field. The other was De Jong, and his unchecking was seen by Dani Alves, decisive in his return to the League, to put a measured center to the header of the ace in Xavi’s sleeve.

The Dutchman, who has ballots to leave Barcelona in this winter market, finished with strength to tie another three points in less than a week. Puertas ordered the reaction of a Granada that pressed like Los Cármenes. Eric García’s injury did not change the visiting plan much, but Gavi’s expulsion did.

Memphis reappeared and Abde reinforcement came in as well. Collado made his rojiblanco debut against his former team and Robert Moreno threw the last 10 minutes for his team also with Bacca. Barça had to suffer once again and in a corner kick, Puertas distributed the loot to the chagrin of Xavi’s team before facing the Super Cup.


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