Puertas strikes late as Granada deny 10-man Barcelona

A stunning late goal by Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw against Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday. Striker Luuk de Jong’s second-half header, following a perfect cross from Dani Alves, gave Barça the lead but Puertas pulled the home side level with his 89th-minute goal.

The Catalan giants were reduced to 10 men when Gavi was sent off in the 79th minute for a foul on Alex Collado.

“It all got very complicated after the red card,” the Barça midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “We managed the game well in the second half, especially after the goal, but we were too anxious.

After Gavi was sent off it was difficult for us to control the ball.” Barcelona are sixth in the league with 32 points from 20 games, 14 points behind the leaders, Real Madrid. Granada, who are unbeaten in La Liga since late November, are 12th with 24 points.

De Jong and the goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, two of the most criticised Barcelona players in the first half of the season, were bright spots for the Catalans for the second consecutive league match.

The Dutch forward, who had a goal disallowed by the VAR for a close offside, almost scored minutes later with a bicycle kick for the second week in a row, while Ter Stegen made a marvellous one-handed save from a powerful, low shot from Granada’s Darwin Machis.

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