FC Barcelona narrowly escaped the first league defeat of the season on Monday. The team of coach Ronald Koeman drew 1-1 against Granada thanks to a goal in the last minute.
Despite Ronald Araújo’s late equalizer, Barcelona falls further behind leaders Real Madrid. The Catalans are only seventh, five points behind the arch-rival, but still have one game to go.
Barcelona hoped to take revenge from last week’s painful 0-3 defeat in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, but in practice little came of it. In the second minute Domingos Duarte headed in from the back of Frenkie de Jong on behalf of Granada.
Barcelona had opportunities to put things in order before the break. However, Sergi Roberto hit the post and a long shot from Memphis Depay flew over the goal.
To force something in the second half, Luuk de Jong was brought in immediately after the break. The striker hired from Sevilla just before the close of the transfer market was given a huge opportunity on his league debut for Barcelona, but headed over from a corner from close range.
The equalizer came in the very last minute of regular time. The Uruguayan defender hit the target on a pass from Gavi. Koeman was still penalized with a yellow card for complaining about Granada’s time wasting.