Barcelona's hopes of retaining their La Liga title suffered a major setback with a surprise loss at lowly Granada.

Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi hit the winner, holding off Martin Montoya before finding the net.

Granada keeper Orestis Karnezis pushed out Lionel Messi's beautifully-flighted free-kick before saving at the feet of Sergio Busquets as Barca pressed.

Leaders Atletico Madrid will move four points clear of Barca if they win at relegation-threatened Getafe on Sunday.

Barca drop to third, with five matches remaining, after Real Madrid eased to a 4-0 win over second-bottom Almeria at the Bernabeu.

The Catalans knew they would provisionally move top of La Liga with a win that most expected them to earn at Granada.

Granada's long wait

Granada's last league victory over Barcelona came back in the 1971-72 season - a 2-0 win.

But, despite enjoying over 80% of the possession, they were unable to cancel out Brahimi's early opener, adding further misery to an already wretched week.

Fresh from their Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico, Barca found themselves trailing when the Algeria international outpaced Montoya before beating goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto with a powerful angled drive.

The visitors upped the tempo with Karnezis pushing Neymar's curling effort wide and Cesc Fabregas having a shot blocked by Granada's on-loan Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori.

After the break, Barca continued to pin back the hosts with an equaliser seemingly almost a matter of time.

But Gerardo Martino's men could not find a way past Granada's inspired goalkeeper Karnezis. The Greece international showed superb reactions to push away Fabregas' first-time shot, before clawing out a 20-yard free-kick from the largely anonymous Messi.

Then, he bravely dived at the feet of Busquets in the six-yard box following a corner.

With Barca pouring forward, Granada almost netted a second in the final moments as Youssef El Arabi raced clear on the counter before being denied by Pinto in a one-on-one situation.

But it mattered little as Barcelona, who face Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday, suffered a second straight defeat.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Granada CF

  • 01 Karnezis
  • 02 Nyom
  • 22 Foulquier
  • 18 Iturra
  • 06 Ilori
  • 24 Murillo (Mainz - 91' )
  • 04 Rico Castro
  • 14 García del Pozo
  • 09 El-Arabi
  • 20 Medina Luna (Coeff - 73' )
  • 10 Brahimi (Bravo - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Mainz
  • 07 Ighalo
  • 13 Fernández Alvalleros
  • 19 Coeff
  • 28 Fatau
  • 34 Bravo
  • 36 Success Ajayi

Barcelona

  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 02 Montoya
  • 21 Adriano (Alba - 67' )
  • 17 Song
  • 16 Busquets Booked (Sánchez - 74' )
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 04 Fábregas
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 10 Messi Booked
  • 07 Pedro
  • 11 Neymar Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Xavi
  • 09 Sánchez
  • 18 Alba
  • 20 Tello
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 24 Sergi
  • 25 Olazábal Paredes
Ref: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
Att: 23,500

Match Stats

Shots

5 29

On target

4 9

Corners

1 13

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

90:00 +3:10

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fran Rico.

90:00 +2:57

Attempt missed. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:00

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:00

Foul by Manuel Iturra (Granada CF).

90:00 +0:53

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +0:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Diego Mainz replaces Jeison Murillo because of an injury.

89:05

Delay in match Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) because of an injury.

87:45

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:42

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:04

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

84:12

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross following a corner.

84:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:40

Delay in match Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) because of an injury.

82:58

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

82:24

Attempt missed. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

81:33

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a corner.

81:02

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

80:13

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

79:47

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

74:32

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Bravo with a headed pass.

73:58

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Sergio Busquets.

73:10

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexandre Song with a cross.

72:48

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:48

Foul by Nyom (Granada CF).

72:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Alexandre Coeff replaces Piti.

69:50

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

68:23

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

67:56

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:56

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

66:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Adriano.

66:18 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

65:52

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

64:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Christian Bravo replaces Yacine Brahimi.

64:33 Booking

Booking Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

63:54

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

63:54

Nyom (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:49

Attempt saved. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:22

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Orestis Karnezis.

62:19

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

61:02

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:02

Foul by Fran Rico (Granada CF).

57:54

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:46

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

55:45

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

53:42

Attempt saved. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neymar with a headed pass.

52:52

Attempt blocked. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adriano.

51:58

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

51:23

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nyom.

50:17

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:17

Foul by Piti (Granada CF).

48:01

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:01

Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

45:00

Second Half begins Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

45:00 +0:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0.

45:00 +0:48

Attempt saved. Adriano (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

45:00 +0:10

Hand ball by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

44:05 Booking

Booking Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:55

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

43:55

Nyom (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:09

Attempt blocked. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

41:37

Attempt missed. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

40:39

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

38:08

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neymar.

35:41

Offside, Granada CF. Piti tries a through ball, but Youssef El-Arabi is caught offside.

35:40

Attempt saved. Piti (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:45

Delay in match Neymar (Barcelona) because of an injury.

30:03

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

29:45

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adriano.

29:15

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

28:10

Attempt blocked. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

26:56

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

25:44

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

24:15

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

21:47

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Martín Montoya with a cross.

18:55

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:55

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

18:23

Attempt missed. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

17:09

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar with a cross.

15:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Granada CF 1, Barcelona 0. Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fran Rico with a through ball following a fast break.

13:45

Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).

13:45

Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57

Foul by Recio (Granada CF).

12:25

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

12:25

Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:18

Attempt saved. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adriano with a cross.

8:34

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

6:59

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Youssef El-Arabi.

6:54

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:01

Martín Montoya (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:01

Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Granada CF).

3:50

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Dimitri Foulquier.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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