Struggling Barca drop points at home


Ronald Araujo netted late in the second half to earn FC Barcelona a point against Granada on Monday night at the Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman's charges were eager to restore some pride after their big loss at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League last week, but the likes of Luuk de Jong and Gerard Pique dropped to the bench.

The Catalans got off to the worst possible start as Granada broke the deadlock after just two minutes as Domingos Duarte nodded home a cross from Escudero for his first goal of the season.

With chances in the box hard to come by, Sergi Roberto went close to breaking the deadlock with a snapshot from the edge of the box that sailed just wide of the upright.

That proved to be the trend for the remainder of the first half for Koeman's side and the Dutch tactician was forced to make a change before the interval, with the young Alex Balde forced with an injury and replaced by Oscar Mingueza.

The hosts came out with a better approach in the second half that saw Sergino Dest and Depay combined before the latter saw his goal-bound effort blocked in the box.

With Barcelona struggling to get the opening goal, the in-effective Philippe Coutinho was withdrawn for 17-year-old Gavi while Riqui Puig and Gerard Pique was introduced on 73 minutes.

The hosts should have levelled matters in the 79th minute when Ronald Araujo got on the end of Memphis Depay's cross, but the defender's header sailed just wide of the mark.

Araujo would go on to make the impact 10 minutes later with a close-range header from Gavi's clipped cross in the box, but the hosts were unable to get another as the spoils were shared on the night.

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