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February 17, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ Carlos Del Cerro‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
 
26′ Ighalo
Lionel Messi 50′
 
Lionel Messi 73′
Top of the Match
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona

Granada 1-2 Barcelona: Magical Messi bails out Blaugrana

The Argentine incredibly racked up his 300th goal for the Catalan club, scoring twice to lead them to a come-from-behind triumph in a tricky fixture in Andalusia

By Keeghann Sinanan

Lionel Messi marca el empate del Barcelona ante el Granada
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Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for Barcelona, who were forced to dig deep to beat Granada 2-1 in their Liga clash at Los Carmenes on Saturday.

The Argentine's match-winning double also extended his scoring streak to 14 consecutive games, but it was far from an easy outing against the Andalusian club, who deservedly opened the scoring through Ighalo to end the first half with the lead.

But Barca would hit back in a dominant second half, as Messi tapped home a rebound five minutes after the restart, before clinching the win with a free-kick in the 73rd minute to provisionally extend the Blaugrana's lead at the top of the table to 15 points over second-placed Atletico Madrid.

With one eye firmly on the midweek trip to Italy to face AC Milan, Jordi Roura opted to rest Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba, with Alexis Sanchez, Javier Mascherano and Adriano stepping into the side.

Granada certainly were not fazed by the reputation of their opponents, and threatened themselves when Nolito forced Victor Valdes to save low after getting to the end of Ighalo’s testing cross.

And with 26 minutes on the clock, the pair would combine once again to open the scoring. Nolito this time played the role of provider, taking advantage of Barca’s hesitancy to clear a cross by centering for Ighalo, who stroked home from yards out.

The Catalans, despite dominating the ball, were struggling to break down the opposition defence, but Adriano went close to an instant response when his swerving shot from the corner of the box flew just off target.

Guilherme Siqueira was lucky to escape with a yellow card after a last-man foul on Pedro, and Granada counted their blessings again when Tono denied Messi, who had ghosted in front of a static defence to connect with Thiago Alcantara’s lovely touch.

But Adriano was withdrawn for Alba shortly before the break, and the change coincided with a drop in Barca’s momentum, and it was the home side who made the stronger finish to the half.

However, five minutes into the second half, the Blaugrana were right back into the match. Cesc Fabregas’ shot caught the defence, and Tono, by surprise, and the ball was parried back into the path of Messi, who slotted home his milestone goal.

Granada seemed flat, and lacked much of the thrust that had defined their first half play, but still, Barca, despite creating more and more chances, were not quite able to apply the killer blow.

Pedro was unlucky to see a fizzing long-range drive crack off the inside of the post, before he was correctly called for offside after turning home a low cross from Alves.

But the breakthrough would come with 17 minutes to go, and it was no surprise to see Messi at the fore again, the Argentine this time converting straight from a free kick 25 yards from goal.

Granada finally awoke from their second-half slumber in the last few minutes of the game. Inigo Lopez sent a free header right into the arms of Valdes, who was forced to work a lot harder to parry a shot from Yacine Brahimi into the side netting during stoppage time.

There was even time for Tono to deny Messi a chance for a hat-trick at the death, and by that point, Barca had done just enough to see out the game, and clinch three hard-earned points.



Ciudad de Murcia

13
Toño
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Allan Nyom
Defender
69′
3.00
5
Mainz
Defender
3.00
16
3.50
21
Íñigo López
Defender
3.00
17
Mikel Rico
Midfielder
3.00
25
Gabriel Torje
Midfielder
76′
3.00
45
Recio
Midfielder
3.00
9
Carlos Aranda
Striker
58′
3.50
10
Nolito
Midfielder
26′ 74′
3.50
7
Ighalo
Striker
26′
3.50

Barcelona

3.00
1
3.50
22
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
38′
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
3.50
6
3.50
14
3.50
16
Busquets
Midfielder
2.50
9
4.50
10
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
72′

Substitutes

13
Roberto
Goalkeeper
 - 
9
 - 
20
Yacine Brahimi
Midfielder
76′
 - 
-
 - 
-
Juanma Ortiz
Midfielder
 - 
-
Iriney
Midfielder
 - 
15
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
5
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
38′
 - 
2
Montoya
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.00
20
Tello
Striker
61′

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0