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Granada 1-1 Barcelona: 5 Talking Points as the Blaugrana comeback | La Liga 2021-22

In a La Liga match on Saturday, Granada scored a late equalizer to force a draw with Barcelona.


In the 57th minute, Luuk de Jong scored for the visitors, lunging highest to receive a lovely cross from Dani Alves. The Blaugrana, on the other hand, failed to capitalize on their advantage, and they were punished as a result.


When Gavi received his marching instructions, the game changed. The hosts swung the game in their favor and put everything at Barcelona. They came level in the 89th minute when Antonio Puertas scored a spectacular goal to deny Barcelona the three points.


With the draw, Barcelona is now 17 points behind their arch-rivals and leaders Real Madrid, despite having a game in hand. On that note, here are the game's five major talking points:


#5 Luuk de Jong is a hot commodity for Barcelona.


Luuk de Jong had an outstanding performance against Granada. The Dutch international's performances have been commendable since the start of the season, as he has looked like a new player.


Against Granada, De Jong looked dangerous from the outset. In the first half, the 31-year-old headed past Luis Maximiano, but his effort was called off for offside.


Minutes later, he attempted a scorpion kick, which was not far off target. De Jong finished off an outstanding effort by heading home a cross from Alves.


The striker now has three goals in as many outings for the Blaugrana this season.


#5 Dani Alves goes back in time.


Dani Alves is a Barcelona legend, but when the club re-signed him, there were misgivings. He has, however, been a breath of fresh air on the right wing so far.


In his first La Liga appearance in over five years, he showed why the Camp Nou adores him so much. In the process, the 38-year-old became the oldest player to feature for Barcelona in a league match, surpassing Jose Manuel Pinto's record.


Alves set up Luuk de Jong with a pin-point delivery as his crosses caused chaos in the Granada box.


#3 Gavi red card hurts Barcelona


Gavi may have impressed for Barcelona this season, but his lack of experience was clearly visible against Granada. The 17-year-old was the first player to be yellow carded on the night. He was shown a yellow for a mistimed sliding tackle on Darwin Machis in the 22nd minute.


The teenager received his second of the night ten minutes from time when he brought down Alex Collado. He repeated the same mistake twice and paid the price for it.


Granada made their numerical advantage count as they forced a share of the spoils.


#2 Granada show character


Although Barcelona were the more dominant side on the night, Granada never allowed the Blaugrana to take complete control of the game. The hosts were spot-on with their high press, and also drew a few magnificent saves out of Marc Andre ter Stegen.


Despite going down in the second half, they managed to salvage something from the game. They were rewarded for their persistence when Antonio Puertas scored a peach of a goal to put the hosts on level terms.


The draw means Granada are now 12th in the league table.


#1 Barcelona squander chance to move into top four


Barcelona had an excellent opportunity to move into the top four, but they squandered it. The Blaugrana would have moved third if they had not dropped points against Granada, but that was eventually not to be.


Xavi's men controlled the game for large swathes, but lost the plot in the closing moments as they failed to thwart Granada. The Blaugrana now play their arch-rivals Real Madrid in midweek in the Spanish Super Cup.

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