Granada scored a famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the La Liga match on Thursday, leaving the Catalan giants two points from the top of the league. It was also Granada’s first victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their history.
Barcelona entered the game knowing that wins of any kind would send them to the top of the league with only 5 matches left to play. Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a superb shot in the bottom corner to score his 26th goal in the league this season, sending the Blaugrana to the top of the standings moments in the 23rd minute. Descending from there, Granada found the equalizer through Darwin Marchis in the 63rd minute, before leaving Jorge Molina. The 39-year-old was completely unmarked in the Barcelona area and turned in the 79th minute to make it 2-1 to Granada. Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was sent off before Granada scored the winning goal.
The defeat to Granada leaves Barcelona in third place on the La Liga table, ensuring that their fate is no longer in their hands as they have to hope for advantages from other teams if they want to win the La Liga title this season. They will face the table top Atletico Madrid in Round 35, with Real Madrid facing Sevilla in the same week.