Barcelona 6-0 Granada: Neymar’s hat-trick leads the troops
Goals: Neymar (26′, 45′, 65′); Messi (61′, 81′), Rakitic (42′)
Match date: September 27,¬†2014
Barcelona line-up: Bravo, Adriano, Mascherano, Mathieu, Daniel Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Rakitic, Munir, Neymar, Lionel Messi.
Barcelona are back¬†to the winning track and this Saturday¬†they basically picked apart Granada at the Camp Nou. The Blaugranas¬†dictated their law in their own ground and dispatched the visitors with a 6-0 win that clearly shows¬†who was¬†the dominating side on the pitch.
Neymar was the star of the show, after¬†scoring his first ever league hat-trick for Barcelona. The first goal¬†took place in the 26th minute,¬†when¬†the Brazilian ace saw his shot¬†taking a deflection on a¬†defender’s legs and going over the goalkeeper’s head. In the 42nd minute of the game, Bar√ßa got to their second goal after a great play from Lionel Messi on the right, who managed to¬†dribble¬†a defender near the end line and then put a great cross into the box for¬†Rakitic to finish¬†it off with a clean header.
The 3-0 was the result of an attacking play involving the 3-men upfront. Lionel Messi first assisted¬†Munir for a good 1-on-1 chance against Granada‘s goalkeeper, but¬†the two ended up clashing on the ground and the ball rebounded to Neymar‘s feet.¬†The 22-year old didn’t waste time and immediately pushed it into the back of the net. The 4-0 happened around the 61st minute and it was finally Lionel Messi who got to score this time. A great long pass from Xavi¬†found Daniel Alves on the right, who¬†brilliantly¬†sent in a great first-touch cross so that Messi could finish it with his head on the far post. Terrific play from the hosts who were already in cruise control against a very fragile Granada side.
Two more goals were still to be scored in this game though and the 5-0¬†came in when Neymar completed his hat-trick. The Brazilian international picked up another assist from Lionel Messi inside the box and with all the time in the world at his disposal, he had no trouble in¬†beating Granada‘s goalkeeper for the third time on the night. The last goal of the game was scored already¬†inside the last 10 minutes of the game, on a play where¬†Messi stole the possession in Granada‘s own half and then¬†ran straight into the goalkeeper’s direction to score another brace for Barcelona.
Next Tuesday¬†the UEFA Champions League returns and there’s a great match in prospect in Paris, with a PSG vs Barcelona taking place at the Parc des Princes. On that very same day and starting at the same time, there’s also another great match to follow closely, the¬†Manchester City vs AS Roma¬†clash that is set to be played at the Etihad.
Sources: fcbarcelona.com / bbc.com
Watch the highlights video from Barcelona¬†6–0 Granada¬†match:
Barcelona and Neymar match photos against Granada: