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Barcelona are held to a 3-3 draw by lowly Granada

Granada played an intelligent game, they pushed us hard, Xavi says

By REUTERS
February 13, 2024
Barcelonas Spanish forward Lamine Yamal celbrates scoring the opening goal in a thrilling La Liga battle against Granada on
Barcelona's Spanish forward Lamine Yamal celbrates scoring the opening goal in a thrilling La Liga battle against Granada on 

BARCELONA: A double by Barcelona’s teenage winger Lamine Yamal helped his side salvage a 3-3 draw at home to relegation-threatened Granada on Sunday in a rollercoaster LaLiga match.

Xavi Hernandez’s side are third in the standings on 51 points, five behind second-placed Girona, who were thrashed on Saturday by Real Madrid, leaders with 61 points. “We lost two points and a good opportunity to cut the deficit. Granada played an intelligent game, they pushed us hard,” Xavi told a press conference.

“The league was difficult and now it’s two points more difficult. It’s a big difference but we’re not going to give up. “We had plenty of chances to seal the game. The team had faith, courage and desire, but it wasn’t enough. It makes it even more difficult for us.”

Yamal put the hosts ahead after 14 minutes with a tap-in into an empty net after Joao Cancelo’s cross found him at the far post. Granada equalised two minutes before halftime thanks to Ricard Sanchez’s powerful volley into the top corner. The visitors grabbed the lead in the 60th minute with an easy finish by Facundo Pellistri before Robert Lewandowski made it 2-2 as he scored from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass three minutes later.