Barça Held to a 2-2 Draw in Event-Filled Encounter with Granada

October 9, 2023 8:33 pm

Barcelona faced an event-filled clash with Granada, resulting in a 2-2 draw that left fans with mixed emotions. Granada stunned the Catalans by taking an early lead just 17 seconds into the game, marking the fastest league goal conceded by Barcelona this century, courtesy of Bryan Zaragoza.

Despite the early setback, Barcelona piled on the pressure and appeared poised to make a comeback. However, Zaragoza struck again for Granada, outwitting Jules Kounde and scoring his second goal of the evening just before the half-hour mark. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive La Liga odds from Nextbet. 

Barcelona’s injury concerns escalated when Kounde left the field due to a knee injury, sustained in an accidental collision with teammate Gavi. With Robert Lewandowski already sidelined with an injury, this was a setback that Barcelona could ill afford.

In the closing moments of the first half, Barcelona found a lifeline as Lamine Yamal scored a goal that etched his name into the record books. At just 16 years and 87 days old, Yamal became not only Barcelona’s youngest-ever Liga goalscorer but also the youngest goalscorer in the history of the competition.

With renewed hope, Barcelona pressed on in the second half, relentlessly attacking Granada’s defense. Their persistence finally paid off as Sergi Roberto leveled the score with five minutes to go.

Barcelona had a late chance to snatch victory when Joao Cancelo’s cross found the head of Joan Felix at the far post. However, Ferran Torres was deemed offside by a narrow margin, leading to a controversial disallowed goal that denied Barcelona the full three points.

Despite the frustration of the disallowed goal, Barcelona’s comeback showed their resilience. The international break now provides two weeks for reflection before their next match against Athletic Club on October 22. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports.