Barcelona: Koeman under pressure as Barca drops points again
Barcelona drew 1-1 against Granada at home thanks to a late equalizer from Ronald Araujo.
Barcelona conceded a very early goal following a corner. Granada’s defense was very solid until the 90th minute when the Uruguayan Centre-Back Ronaldo Araujo headed home the equalizer for Barcelona.
Barcelona concede early
Granada opened the scoring in the second minute of the game. Dominguez Duarte was left unmarked behind the Barca defense and following a corner, the defender scored into the open net.
Darwin Machis caused problems for Sergio Dest on the break on the right-hand side for Barcelona. At one such event, Molina, the Granada striker came very close to scoring from Machis’ cross.
Alejandro Balde, the 17-year-old replacement left-back for Jordi Alba was taken off due to a back problem. Mingueza replaced him and swapped positions with Sergio Dest in the 40th-minute mark.
Barcelona made late assaults on the Granada defense towards the end of the first half but was unsuccessful.
In the second half, it was pretty much the same. Barca struggled to break down the tight Granada defense. As a result, Koeman brought on Luuk De Jong for an Aerial threat inside the box, which did not bear any fruit. Later in the second half, Gerard Pique joined De Jong in the box as an auxiliary forward. However, the plan did not succeed. In the 90th minute of the game, substitute Gavi played a looping ball over the Granada defense and Ronaldo Araujo timed his run very well and scored a powerful header.
Araujo was a huge threat aerially for Barcelona throughout the game. He had many chances to score but had his goal finally at the end.
With this draw, Barca is currently seventh in position and is still unbeaten. However, Koeman’s position is still hanging by a thread after yet another poor performance from his team. Meanwhile, Real Madrid top the table with 13 points albeit having played an extra game.