Granada shocks Barcelona in 2-1 win

 Barcelona missed the opportunity to go top the list on Thursday as a stun 2-1 loss by Granada added another curve to La Liga's most capricious title race in years. 


Barca might have taken control at the top by pushing a point forward of Atletico Madrid yet Granada dug out from a deficit to grab a shocking success at Camp Nou, in what will be an immense lift to the next title competitors. 


Lionel Messi scored his 33rd objective of the period to place Barcelona in front however they neglected to put the outcome certain and Granada hit back, Darwin Machis driving in and Jorge Molina's header finishing an exceptional turnaround. 


Rout implies Barca took nothing from their game close by with the exception of frustration, which may be hard to shake in front of two crunch games now away at Valencia and at home to Atletico Madrid. 


They stay third, level on focuses with Real Madrid, as Atletico hold their two-point advantage at the top, while Sevilla in fourth stay only three focuses off first. 


"It's a colossal blow, we're baffled," said Ronald Koeman. "We turned off at the back. We left spaces we needed to close." 


Any of the four competitors could be delegated champions one month from now, with the entirety of the best three wasting freedoms to assume responsibility somewhat recently. 


Genuine Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Real Betis on Saturday before Atletico neglected to exploit as they were beaten by Athletic Bilbao. 


Those outcomes made the way for Barcelona, yet now they also have staggered. 


"We presently don't have it in our grasp," said Barca protector Jordi Alba. "We need to polish these games off." 


Granada's triumph adds another huge part to what in particular has been an extraordinary season for Diego Martinez's side, who were advanced from Spain's second level just two years prior. 


They arrived at the Europa League quarter-finals prior this month just to be beaten by Manchester United and now sit eighth in La Liga, with European capability not yet far away. 


"It was a titanic exertion from the players," said Martinez. "It's an epic night for the club." 


It began well for Barcelona, who pulled in front in the 23rd moment, an awesome turn and pass by Antoine Griezmann permitting Messi to crash into the furthest corner from the point. 


The odds were there briefly, the best of them tumbling to Sergi Roberto, who volleyed over a cut-back from Frenkie de Jong, however Granada stayed in touch. 


Roberto Soldado may have leveled had he not selected to pass rather than shoot and afterward Machis did, hooking onto a brilliant pass by Luis Suarez and completing past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 


Koeman was shipped off the represents his fights and Gerard Pique nearly turned in a Griezmann ball to the front post, after Messi's free-dismiss had turned wide from the divider. 


All things being equal, Granada returned once more, more great work from Suarez in midfield permitting Adrian Marin to cross into the container, where Molina did splendidly to plunge his head and look the ball into the furthest corner.

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