First, it was Pedro “Pedri” Gonzalez shining along with his assists. Then the injury-prone Dembele Ousmane earned a spot within the assault. Now the oft-maligned Antoine Griezmann is again to scoring objectives.
All in all, Barcelona is slowly exhibiting indicators this season won’t be a wash in spite of everything.
Griezmann scored a brace and arrange Lionel Messi for one of many Argentine’s two objectives on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a 4-Zero win at Granada.
🎥 Objective Glut in Granada!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2021
Barcelona’s first three-match successful run within the league beneath Ronald Koeman put it 4 factors behind chief Atletico Madrid, whose residence recreation scheduled for Saturday in opposition to Athletic Bilbao was postponed as a consequence of a blizzard that has shut down the capital and made transit virtually not possible by means of a lot of central Spain.
Second-placed Actual Madrid was one level behind Atletico after being held at Osasuna to 0-Zero in a match performed in regular snowfall and with barely any scoring probabilities for both aspect.
Atletico has three extra video games to play than its prime title rivals.
TWO TIMES TWO
Griezmann received Barcelona began along with his first objective in almost a month within the 12th minute when a move by Sergio Busquets was deflected to him by a Granada defender.
Griezmann arrange Messi to double the lead with a left-footed shot from the sting of the world within the 36th.
Messi received his league-leading 11th objective within the 42nd when he drove a free-kick beneath two gamers who jumped within the defensive barrier. It was his first objective from a free-kick this season.
Lionel Messi has now scored 4️⃣8️⃣ free-kicks for Barcelona 😍
He beats Ronaldo’s membership file of 47 😉 pic.twitter.com/Wp9i590z57
— Objective (@objective) January 9, 2021
Griezmann rounded off the large win within the 64th when he beat goalkeeper Rui Silva from a decent angle after Dembele performed him clear with a lobbed move.
Granada performed the final 12 minutes minus Jesus Vallejo, who was despatched off for fouling Martin Braithwaite with solely Silva to beat. Braithwaite had gone on within the 65th to present Messi a uncommon little bit of relaxation with the sport nicely in hand for the guests.
Madrid’s solely respectable probability to breaking down Osasuna’s disciplined protection was Marco Asensio’s shot from distance early within the second half that goalie Sergio Herrera did nicely to parry.
Osasuna used warmth lamps to soften snow and ice off the turf and deployed a platoon of employees to shovel the sphere earlier than the match, leaving solely a dusting of snow.
— Actual Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 9, 2021
Kroos stated the wintry circumstances “should not an excuse since each groups performed on the identical pitch.”
However Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane stated the match ought to have been postponed given the journey difficulties. Madrid’s aircraft was delayed for a number of hours on the capital’s airport on Friday earlier than taking off. The airport closed down shortly after and can stay shut till Sunday a minimum of.
“We had been ready yesterday (within the aircraft), and once more at the moment we needed to wait, however on the finish they determined to play,” Zidane stated. “We didn’t see a soccer match at the moment. We don’t know when we can return residence.”
EN-NESYRI HAT TRICK
Youssef En-Nesyri scored a hat trick for Sevilla to beat Actual Sociedad 3-2 in a thriller that featured 4 objectives within the opening quarter of an hour.
Sevilla drew stage on factors within the standings with Actual Sociedad, which was forward on objective distinction in fifth place. Sevilla, in sixth, additionally has three video games in hand.
En-Nesyri’s second objective within the seventh minute was the most effective, a piece of magnificence. The Morocco striker dribbled previous three defenders earlier than beating the Sociedad goalkeeper with a low strike.