Matchday eighteen of La Liga last weekend saw the revival of Barcelona in their domestic campaign. Ronald Koeman’s men, who were deemed to be in crisis in November proven by their humiliating loss from Juventus on the final matchday in the Champions League, slowly started to pick up points and confidence before bouncing back to the title race. Last weekend, Messi and Griezmann were the men of the match as both showed their true class as a scorer and provider. The Argentine and French talisman notched a brace each while smashing Granada 4-0 on the road. It was their six wins in the last eight matches of unbeaten run. On the same day, their archrival was held in a draw while meeting Osasuna. Karim Benzema and Co were frustrated as their two goals were disallowed and had to play on pitch covered in thin snowflakes. It just added up their misfortune after being stuck at the airport for several hours. Diego Simeone’s men’s fixture against Athletic Bilbao was even postponed due to the snowstorm and covered the pitch in Wanda Metropolitano. Fortunately, they could play the next fixture against Sevilla and secured another win last night.
Granada vs Barcelona 0-4
Goals: Antoine Griezmann (12),(63), Lionel Messi (35) (42).
Granada: Rui Silva – Carlos Neva (Jesus Vallejo 46), Dimitri Foulquier, Domingos Duarte, German Sanchez – Yangel Herrera (Alberto Soro 67), Darwin Machis (Kenedy 65), Angel Montoro (Luis Milla 46), Antonio Puertas, Eteki – Roberto Soldado (Luis Suarez 46).
Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Sergino Dest (Junior Firpo 81), Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza, Jordi Alba – Pedri (Trincao 73), Frankie de Jong (Miralem Pjanic 65), Sergio Busquets – Lionel Messi (Martin Braithwaite 65), Ousmane Dembele (Riqui Puig 73), Antoine Griezmann.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid 0-0
Osasuna: Sergio Herrera – Aridane Hernandez, David Garcia, Nacho Vidal, Cruz – Moncayola, Roberto Torres, Oscar Sanjurjo, , Ruben Garcia (Jony 77), Perez – Jonathan Calleri (Ante Budimir 78)
Real Madrid : Thibault Cortois – Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Vazquez – Toni Kroos, Luka Modric (Isco 95), Casemiro – Karim Benzema, Marco Asencio (Federico Valverde 66), Eden Hazard (Mariano 75)
Elche vs Getafe 1-3
Huesca vs Real Betis 0-2
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad 3-2
Real Valladolid vs Valencia 0-1
Cadiz vs Deportivo Alaves 3-1
Celta Vigo vs Villareal 0-4
Athletico Madrid vs Sevilla 2-0