Barcelona held by winless Granada at Camp Nou

September 21, 2021
Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga football match between Barcelona and Granada, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday.
Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga football match between Barcelona and Granada, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday.

MADRID (AP):

Less than a week after a demoralising loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona faltered at Camp Nou again, being held by winless Granada 1-1 in the Spanish league yesterday.

Barcelona needed a 90th-minute equaliser by defender Ronald Araujo, sparking jeers by many in the crowd of nearly 27,000.

The setback followed the 3-0 rout by Bayern in the team's first defeat since losing Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, and added pressure on coach Ronald Koeman and club president Joan Laporta.

Granada came to Barcelona winless in four matches and coming off two consecutive losses, including at home against Real Betis in the Andalucia derby last week. They defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou the last time they met in April.

"It's a shame," Araujo said. "If we had been able to score earlier we could have gotten the victory. After the early goal, they sat back on defence and that made it difficult for us."

The draw left Barcelona in seventh place, five points from leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.

EARLY GOAL

Coached by former Spain manager Robert Moreno, Granada opened the scoring two minutes into the match with a header by Domingos Duarte off a set piece.

Barcelona squandered two great chances to equalise before half-time -- Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar from inside the area and Araujo's header was brilliantly saved by Granada goalkeeper Luis Maximiano.

Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong also failed to capitalise on scoring chances in the second half, but Araujo finally broke through with a close-range header in the 90th.

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