Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 1-0 Granada

Rafinha scores the only goal
Rafinha has scored five league goals from six shots on target this season

Defending champions Barcelona moved into second in La Liga with a narrow victory against winless Granada.

Rafinha scored the only goal, acrobatically hooking in from close range after Neymar's effort hit a post.

Neymar and Luis Suarez were both denied as Barca dominated against the league's bottom side, who have never taken a point at the Nou Camp.

Barca remain two points behind rivals and league leaders Real Madrid, who won 4-1 at Alaves.

Sevilla slipped two places to fourth as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting Gijon.

Barcelona have had a difficult week, reporting La Liga president Javier Tebas to Spain's highest sports court after he questioned the players' conduct in a heated 3-2 win at Valencia.

Barca coach Luis Enrique spoke in the build-up about the importance of his team focusing on Granada, but they produced a largely disappointing display against a team they were expected to beat comfortably.

Chances were rare for the home side, with Lionel Messi almost anonymous.

Following Rafinha's goal, Neymar was picked out by Sergi Roberto's cross but was denied by Granada keeper Guillermo Ochoa's diving save.

Suarez, La Liga's top scorer with seven goals in 10 matches, missed an even better chance, planting a free header straight at the Mexican.

But Barca never looked like relinquishing their lead, seeing out a win which lifted them above Atletico and Sevilla.

They also appeared to come through the match without any injuries, before Tuesday's trip to Manchester City in the Champions League.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 14Mascherano
  • 23Umtiti
  • 19Digne
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 71'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 12Rafinha
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 83'minutes
  • 11NeymarBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 5Busquets
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 28Aleñá
  • 31Perdomo Borges
  • 33Santos da Silva Barbosa

Granada

  • 13Ochoa
  • 19Cuenca López
  • 17Nunes VezoBooked at 87mins
  • 6Rodríguez LombánBooked at 79mins
  • 20Saunier
  • 12Antunes da SilvaBooked at 11mins
  • 16Carcela-González
  • 11ToralBooked at 73minsSubstituted forSamperat 77'minutes
  • 5Henry Agbo
  • 18PereiraSubstituted forBogaat 60'minutes
  • 24KravetsSubstituted forBarral Torresat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olazábal Paredes
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 4Samper
  • 7Barral Torres
  • 10Boga
  • 15Atzili
  • 26Angban
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
82,914

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home15
Away1
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 1, Granada CF 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Granada CF 0.

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

Foul by Mehdi Carcela-González (Granada CF).

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

Foul by Uche (Granada CF).

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

Foul by David Barral (Granada CF).

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Barral (Granada CF).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paco Alcácer with a through ball.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

David Barral (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

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

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Rúben Vezo (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Paco Alcácer replaces Luis Suárez.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Mascherano with a cross.

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

Booking

Lombán (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lombán (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. Sergi Samper replaces Jon Toral because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jon Toral (Granada CF) because of an injury.

Booking

Jon Toral (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jon Toral (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Granada CF. David Barral replaces Artem Kravets.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. André Gomes replaces Denis Suárez.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

Mehdi Carcela-González (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Granada CF. Rúben Vezo tries a through ball, but Jeremie Boga is caught offside.

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

Attempt blocked. Jeremie Boga (Granada CF) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Silva.

Hand ball by Isaac Cuenca (Granada CF).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Guillermo Ochoa.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto with a cross.

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

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid1073028101824
2Barcelona1071230121822
3Atl Madrid106312561921
4Sevilla106311813521
5Villarreal95401651119
6Real Sociedad105141612416
7Ath Bilbao95041412215
8Celta Vigo94141317-413
9Las Palmas93331715212
10Eibar93331413112
11Malaga103341414012
12Real Betis93241119-811
13Alavés102441015-510
14Leganés10316919-1010
15Valencia93061318-59
16Sporting Gijón10235819-119
17Espanyol91531217-58
18Dep La Coruña9225614-88
19Osasuna91351119-86
20Granada10037824-163
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