BARCELONA (EFE) – A header from Ronald Araujo when the game was about to reach the end of its regulation time prevented another defeat for Barcelona at the Camp Nou (1-1), this time in LaLiga Santander, against Granada, who went ahead at 2 minutes with another header from another central, that of Domingo Duarte.
The Catalans, who had the entire match to come back but despite their evident dominance were unable to make clear scoring chances, continue to devalue their price this season, not only in the Champions League but now also in the domestic competition.
After the reality bath that the team took against Bayern in the Champions League, Koeman dispensed with the line of three centrals to return to 4-3-3. But the game’s script got off to an unexpected start with Duarte’s goal as soon as it started.
Escudero crossed from the left wing on the first occasion of the clash and the Granada center-back beat Frenkie de Jong’s back at the far post to head the ball to the back of the net and provoke the first whistles of the Camp Nou.
Barça put a siege to the goal of the Nasrid team that, from then on, was dedicated to wasting time and constantly cutting the rhythm of the rival, master of the ball but sterile in the auction.
Granada practically gave up the attack, but still had two more occasions to extend the advantage: a high volley by Molina before the quarter of an hour and a dry shot from the front of Monchu that Ter Stegen rejected in the final stretch of the first half.
Visitor Eteki and local Balde, debuting today as a starter at the Camp Nou, were injured and both had to be substituted before the end of the first act. Two new interruptions that returned to play against the Catalans, who between halts and halts could not reach cruising speed in their game.
A shot to the crossbar by Sergi Roberto after a rejection by the Andalusian defense and another stop by Memphis in a counter was all the local danger before the best minutes of Barça in the added time of the first half.
Araujo headed the squad and forced Maximiano to fly to the right post to send the ball to a corner. And Mingueza, also headed, and Busquets, with a deflected shot, tested it before Jaime Latre pointed out the dressing room tunnel.
Koeman sat Sergi Roberto and put more gunpowder up, giving Luuk de Jong entrance at the beginning of the second half. But again it was Araujo who touched the tie with another header at the exit of a corner, which went out narrowly.
Barça insisted and Granada felt more and more demanded. Memphis finished off forced into the hands of Maximiano, and in the next play he fired deflected, while the fans culé cheered the entrance of the young Gavi by an inoperative Coutinho.
With no ideas or aim, the Dutch coach played it desperately, taking Piqué as a center forward in the last quarter of an hour for the team to hang balls into the area.
Mingueza crashed a center-kick to the crossbar and Luuk de Jong headed out from the small area when the easiest thing was to score. But Araujo’s pride, imposing throughout the game, prevented ‘in extremis’ Granada’s second consecutive victory in the Barça fiefdom in the midst of a tense environment, full of fouls, local protests, loss of visiting time, and cards for both teams down the stretch.