Barcelona Punish Granada To Keep Pressure On Real Madrid

Luis Enrique side Barcelona overcame the absence of top scorer Lionel Messi to cut Real Madrid's La Liga lead to two points with a comfortable victory at Granada.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez's exquisite lob just before half-time opened the scoring before on-loan Chelsea playmaker Jeremie Boga equalised with a composed finish.

Spanish forward Paco Alcacer restored Barcelona lead before Uche Agbo was sent off for two yellow cards.

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic's deflected finish made it 3-1 before Barca star Neymar scored the fourth.

 

Barcelona get the job done without Lionel Messi

There was pressure on Barca to deliver without the services of La Liga's 25-goal leading scorer Argentine skipper [Messi], who was serving a one-match ban.

Real Madrid  3-0 victory over Alaves earlier in the day meant Barcelona started the match five points behind the leaders.

The former Liverpool striker [ Suarez] hit the bar before opening the netting with a fine finish after Guillermo Ochoa, who had denied the former Ajax striker with two fine saves, came rushing off his line.

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