FC Barcelona is still the number three of La Liga. The Catalans were able to lead on Thursday evening with a home victory in Granada, but the catch up was lost by 1-2. Trainer Ronald Koeman was sent away.
Koeman opted for a football midfield with Sergio Busquets, Ilaix Moriba and Frenkie de Jong and that resulted in the first half mainly in possession of ball. The Catalans played the ball quietly and waited for an opening, which Lionel Messi could then benefit from. That succeeded after more than twenty minutes: after a beautiful combination, where Antoine Griezmann stole the show with a drag, Messi pricked the ball in the far corner.
The first goal by no means reduced the goal hunger of Koeman‘s formation. Great chances of a second hit remained, however, and also in the second half Granada, which threw a lot of fighting spirit and battle in it, could remain in the footsteps of Barcelona. They were lurking at that one mistake, and in minute 63 it was made. Oscar Mingueza took the ball terribly badly and Darwin Machís could benefit from it: 1-1.
That countergoal ran the bucket at Ronald Koeman. The trainer was extremely annoyed by the referee and the game of Granada, and it struck after the equalizer on the leader. He sent him to the grandstand with a red card and made sure that the Dutchman will have to miss the away game at his old club Valencia next weekend.
So Barcelona had to look for the lead and lead position again, but ten minutes before it all got worse. Jorge Molina was released completely, headed the 1-2 against the ropes, making a party in Madrid’s living rooms. Since the Blaugranas were unable to undo this, Atlético Madrid remains the leader with 73 points and Real Madrid is still the number two with 71 points. Barça remains third and also has 71 points.