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  • Granada 0-1 Barcelona: Xavi superb free-kick

    Superior number of players since the 53rd minute, Barcelona gain a 1-0 win over Granada, the BBVA League continued action on Tuesday (25/10/2011). The only goal scored by Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez in the first round.

    Thanks to this victory, Barcelona menggesar Levante from the top of the standings with a score 21 points. However, their position could be displaced by Levante, as well as Real Madrid, who will play Wednesday (26/10/2011).

    The Game

    In the first half, Barcelona dominated the game actually. According to data from Soccernet, Barcelona controlled 79 percent control of the ball and cast eight times the experiment (three of which met the target).

    Despite dominating, the visitors often failed to penetrate the goal of Granada which was heavily guarded by his players. Goalkeeper Granada, Roberto, deserve to be called heroes in this round because it managed to fail two chances of Barcelona.

    Barcelona could only open the scoring in the 33rd minute. Execution of the ball from Xavi Hernandez ball outside the penalty box could not be driven by Ricardo. The ball rolled smoothly to the right side of goal Granada.

    In the second half, Granada tried to get up. However, their efforts to catch up obstacles. In the 53rd minute, Granada had to play with ten men serelah Gomez Jaime Romero received a second yellow card for violating Maxwell.

    However, Barcelona also received a blow at the same time. Their striker, Pedro Rdoriguez forced to pull out due to injury. When fighting with one of the players Granada, Pedro falls wrong and then groaned in pain while holding his left leg ankle.

    Barcelona tried to take advantage of the number of players. Several times they were off the threat to the goal of Granada. However, their chances of success are always thwarted by the host player.

    Including opportunities gained by Cesc Fabregas in the 65th minute, where the former left-foot shot that Arsenal could still be blocked by Ricardo. Similarly, the threat of Isaac Cuenca who successfully broken by Ricardo.

    Ahead of the game ended, Granada appeared vigorously equalizing position to score, but disaster befell them in an additional minute. Granada had to lose one player after Daniel Benitez received a red card for protesting to the referee excessive.

    Initially he had only received a yellow card because it is considered a waste of time. No thanks to that, Benitez loudly protested to the referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez, who eventually issued a second yellow card.

    However, this does not change the situation. Barcelona won 1-0 remained until the whistle sounded ending the game.

    Team Line-up:

    Granada: Roberto, Mainz, Inigo Lopez, Guillherme Siqueira, Allan-Romeo Nyom, Mikel Moreno Rico, Fran Rico (Yohann Mollo 79), Daniel Gonzalez Benítez, Abel, Ikechukwu Uche (Alexandre Geijo 64), Jaime Gomez Romero

    Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Eric Abidal, Javier Mascherano, Maxwell, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas (Andres Iniesta 71), Xavi (Seydou Keita 84), Isaac Cuenca, Lionel Messi, Pedro (David Villa 56)


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