The 2022 of FC Barcelona He started with a victory against Mallorca for La Liga, the round pass with some suffering against Deportivo Linares and now it was his turn to visit the grenade to seek to maintain the positive line with the aim of adding three points that will put him back in the Champions League qualifying zone. Xavi Hernandez he needed to start to find regularity in the results but an expulsion threw all the plans overboard and complicated a game that seemed to be tilted in favor of the Blaugrana.
The stadium New Los Cármenes located in the south of Spain, it received the meeting corresponding to date 20 of the local championship. Luuk de Jong He was in charge of opening the scoring at 57 minutes and giving Barcelona hope of winning three consecutive games for the first time since Lionel Messi left Paris Saint Germain. The attendant, Dani alves, He showed the Barcelona fans that the years are just a number and that he can cover that side that has been generating so much problems.
The start of the year for the Dutch striker is to highlight after the large amount of criticism he has received since his arrival in the squad. His heading technique is one of the best in La Liga and he showed it again to score for the second consecutive game. It is worth remembering that the arrival from the Seville he was the author of the only goal of the victory by the minimum against Mallorca in the first days of 2022.
As the end approached, Granada began to take more risks in attack, which is why it became the absolute owner of the match. Barcelona, crouched, had opportunities to sentence the story with some counterattacks that he could not take advantage of and the story turned into a nightmare when Gavi saw the second yellow with 10 minutes to go. Marc André Ter Stegen He became the figure of the field with interventions that seemed to be a deja vu of the last day where the German had a transcendental role.
With 120 seconds remaining to hit the regular time limit, the Blaugrana did not reject a cross from a corner kick and fell at the feet of Antonio Puertas that with an accurate shot broke the archer’s resistance. Once again, those led by Xavi Hernández left points along the way and went from the possibility of being third to falling to sixth position.
With the game against Real Madrid corresponding to the semifinal of the Spain Supercup agreed for next Wednesday, January 12, the coach must seek to improve the performance of the squad in the final minutes of the matches and thus take better care of the results, especially when Barcelona reaches that fragment with the advantage on the scoreboard.