Last match of the 5th day of La Liga this Monday, with FC Barcelona-Granada on the program on the lawn of Camp Nou. For the occasion, Ronald Koeman, sitting on an ejection seat according to the Spanish press, decided to line up a very young eleven, with in particular the tenure of Alejandro Baldé as left side and Yusuf Demir in attack. The Dutchman also started Philippe Coutinho, a first for the Brazilian since December 2020, to support Memphis Depay. Andalusian side, Robert Moreno, former of the house blaugrana, relied on the veteran Jorge Molina, supported by Darwin Machis. And everything was going to start very badly for Barça. Domingos Duarte, alone at the far post following a corner badly returned by the defense of Marc-André ter Stegen, gave his team the advantage of an angry header on a good cross from Sergio Escudero (0-1, 2nd ).
Timidly, the Catalans tried to react with incursions from Depay (8th, 10th). But it was the visitors who were the most dangerous. Machis overflowed on the left side and sent a cross for Molina. The attacker’s recovery fell slightly above the Barcelona goal (12th). Sergi Roberto’s shot, receiving a poorly cleared corner, found him the crossbar a few moments later (18th). As a symbol of the enormous difficulties of his team to create play and obtain clear opportunities, Memphis then sent a shot from the right into the sky of Catalonia (24th). Baldé, hit in the back, left his family shortly before the break, giving way to Oscar Mingueza (41st). Monchu sent a shiver through the spans of Barça stadium before being reported offside (44th).
Araujo as a savior
Ronald Araujo, with his head on a Memphis ball, forced Luis Maximiano to a beautiful parade before missing the frame, still with his head, on the consecutive corner (45th). The head of Mingueza, on a corner, ended his race in the gloves of Maximiano (45th +2). Upon returning from the locker room, Luuk de Jong replaced Sergi Roberto to give Barça an additional offensive option. We had to wait ten minutes to see Memphis drop a millimeter center on Araujo’s skull but the frame still gave way (56th). Following a breakthrough by Dest on the left, Depay, in two stages, stumbled over Maximiano (58th). Quite discreet, Coutinho gave way to young Gavi on the hour mark. Riqui Puig and Gerard Piqué also came into play, the Spanish defender moving to the forefront alongside Luuk de Jong.
Maximiano was very happy to see his bar push back a center-shot from Mingueza (78th) then De Jong completely miss a head at close range on a service from Depay (80th). By dint of bending, the defense of Granada would finally break in the face of the succession of Barcelona centers. Araujo, who finished the game in a point, and equalized with a head pitted angry at six meters on a cross from Gavi, well offset by Pique (1-1, 90th). The Uruguayan central defender followed with a center on which Pique was too short (90th +2). Final score (1-1). With this meager point and a minimalist game, Barça goes back to 7th position. Koeman can be worried. Granada remains 17th.