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November 23, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 71518‎
 
 
40′ (PG) Cesc Fàbregas
 
 
90′ Pedro
 
Top of the Match
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Manuel Iturra
Manuel Iturra
Ciudad de Murcia
Manuel Iturra
Manuel Iturra
Ciudad de Murcia

Barcelona 4-0 Granada: Ruthless Barca makes light of Messi absence

Spot kicks from Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas had the Blaugrana well on their way before Alexis Sanchez and Pedro sealed a fifth league win in a row.

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Barcelona cruised to victory against Granada without Lionel Messi to extend its winning run to five league games.

First-half penalties from Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas were added to by Alexis Sanchez in the 71st minute and Pedro a minute from time at Camp Nou, while the closest the visitors came was when Piti thundered a shot off the crossbar with the score still at 1-0.

Barcelona made light of being without the injured duo of Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes, Iniesta opening the scoring in the 20th minute following a foul on Fabregas, before the roles were reversed 20 minutes later. In the second half, Neymar played in Sanchez and Fabregas teed up Pedro to put the seal on another comfortable win for Gerardo Martino's side.

Barca's victory was its fifth in succession and 13th in 14 overall in La Liga, while the setback for Granada came as a blow after winning three of its past four matches.

Barcelona made six changes from the 4-1 win over Real Betis a fortnight ago with Messi (hamstring) and Valdes (calf) among a host of absentees for Martino, while Granada showed three alterations from its 3-1 win over Malaga.

The hosts went close in the 14th minute as Roberto reacted smartly to parry Neymar's free kick from the left.

But Barca did not have to wait long for the breakthrough as six minutes later Fabregas was brought down in the box by Dimitri Foulquier and Iniesta stepped up to plant the subsequent spot kick into the bottom right-hand corner.

Granada almost responded in spectacular fashion four minutes later, Piti driving forward and unleashing a thunderous effort from 25 yards that cannoned off the crossbar and behind to safety.

Jose Pinto, called in as replacement for Valdes, held Piti's 25-yard free kick on the half-hour mark, before Barca doubled its lead five minutes before the break, again from the penalty spot.

Fran Rico brought down Iniesta as he prepared to shoot and this time Fabregas took responsibility, burying his spot kick high into the top left-hand corner.

Five minutes into the second half, Pedro wasted a glorious chance to put the result beyond doubt, blazing the ball over an open goal from 10 yards after Roberto had palmed a low cross into his path.

Allan Nyom should have halved the deficit moments before Barca's third, drilling the ball straight at Pinto from close range before the hosts broke at speed, Neymar sliding a pass for Sanchez to finish with minimum fuss.

In the final minute, Fabregas broke away down the left and squared for Pedro, who slid in to convert from 8 yards and cap another impressive Barcelona performance.

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Barcelona

13
3.50
2
Montoya
Defender
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
3.50
21
Adriano
Midfielder
3.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
40′ 90′
3.50
8
3.50
16
Busquets
Midfielder
43′ 74′
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
90′
3.00
9
3.50
11
Neymar
Striker
28′ 71′ 83′
3.50

Ciudad de Murcia

3.00
13
Roberto
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Allan Nyom
Defender
2.00
4
2.50
-
2.00
-
Murillo
Defender
2.50
4
Fran Rico
Midfielder
3.00
20
Yacine Brahimi
Midfielder
77′
3.00
45
Recio
Midfielder
2.00
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
25′ 66′
3.50
10
Piti
Striker
77′
2.50
15

Substitutes

25
Oier
Goalkeeper
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5
 - 
14
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
74′
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
74′
 - 
-
 - 
-
J. Dongou
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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-
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-
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-
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Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
 - 
-
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7
Ighalo
Striker
77′
 - 
-
Riki
Striker
72′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

3.00
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  • 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
26 4
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