By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports Writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
Spanish football powerhouse, FC Barcelona have received a surprising set back in its race to grab the title of the country’s top tier championship, La Liga. The Catalans suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Granada on Thursday April 29, 2021.
The visiting side left it late to shatter Coach Ronald Koeman’s dream of temporarily taking the leadership position of the fiercely competitive title race in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Argentine star man, Lionel Messi put the home side ahead with his 26th league goal of the 2020/2021 season with a 23th minute strike at close range— netting at the far right bottom corner of goalkeeper Aaron Escandel’s goalpost following a brilliant assist from French man Antoine Griezmann.
The five time European Champions continuously dictated play at the Camp Nou stadium in the first segment with Cameroonian midfielder, Yan Eteki and teammates given little or no chance as the home side traumatized the guest with their traditional ball possessing playing system
But FC Barcelona’s failure to increase tally despite registering over 15 shots, came haunting them as the visitors equalized via Venezuelan born Granada left winger. Darwin Marchis surprised the home keeper, Ter Stegen at the 63th minute to draw the game to parity.
Coach Diego Martinez’s boys shocked the German national team keeper with the winner at the 79th minute when 39-year-old Spanish forward Jorge Molina headed in at close range to complete a comeback in the topsy turvy game early Thursday evening.
Barcelona’s lost saw them squander a chance to take the leadership spot of the league with 5 games to go. They remain 3rd with 71points, 2 less than toppers Atletico Madrid and seats behind Real Madrid based on head-to-head considerations after having lost both El Classico games this season to the Capital city club.
Their next league fixture comes up against Valencia on Sunday May 2, 2021 without coach Ronald Koeman who got booked last night while Yan Eteki’s Granada who are ranked 8th with 45points and are in chase of a Europa League spot, play 13 placed Cadiz on the same day.
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