Messi, Griezmann put on a show at Granada

January 10, 2021 Sports
Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann each scored doubly Barcelona thrashed Granada 4-0 away on Saturday to win a good third consecutive La Liga video game for the very first time this season.

Griezmann opened the scoring found in the 12th minute while Messi struck twice before the break to make it four goals found in his last two fits and go the surface of the league's scoring charts with 11 goals.

French forward Griezmann scored a classy second goal after halftime while issues got worse for Granada when Jesus Vallejo was first sent off in the 78th minute for clattering into Barca substitute Martin Braithwaite.

The victory took Barca back to third place in the standings with 34 points, closing the gap with leaders Atletico Madrid to four points.

However, Atletico, whose video game with Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to serious snow in the Spanish capital, have three matches in hand.

"This is a significant win, we knew we were in a difficult condition and couldn't afford to lose any more video games and it's been an excellent week for all of us, winning three games, all away from home, even though playing some very very good football," said Barca coach Ronald Koeman.

"We confirmed that the team is growing in top quality and in self-assurance. I'm very pleased that people have scored four goals and we have to keep participating in like we have today, when we only needed a few possibilities to score."

Barca had produced among their finest displays under Koeman found in Wednesday's 3-2 win at Athletic Bilbao but have tended to struggle for regularity this campaign, specifically away from home.

But the resounding success sealed an elusive third win in a row, you start with a 1-0 success away to Huesca carry on Sunday.

Griezmann got them off to a strong start out when he stuck out his leg to prod the ball residence whenever a deflection from Granada's Roberto Soldado fell into his course and played him onside.

The Frenchman then continued a marauding tell you the center to tee up Messi, who lashed in to the top corner in the 35th minute.

The Argentine struck again shortly before halftime, arrowing low into the net from a freekick and enjoyed a rare rest when Koeman removed him for Braithwaite midway through the second half.

Griezmann, who before the game had failed to score in the league because the end of November, showed his soaring confidence along with his brilliant second goal.

He controlled a good cross from Ousmane Dembele with his left ft . then using his other foot to obtain the far bottom part from a tight angle along with his right.

"Before I could barely score one goal but at the moment it appears like things are heading pretty much," the forward said.

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