Barcelona lost 1-0 in shocking fashion at Granada through the goal scored by Yassine Brahimi in the first half of their La Liga encounter. This loss still only leaves them one point ahead of Real Madrid, who are currently hosting Almeria, hoping to win a game that will place them one point ahead of the Catalans.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta all came very close to scoring, but mishits, huge saves from the keeper, and bad luck all halted their efforts. They are still one of the most dangerous sides in Spain, but the proof is in the pudding that possession, living in the final third, and the best players cannot always earn all three points against lowly sides. They need to sit back at times to make sure there is absolutely no danger.
The best player today up top was undoubtedly Neymar, who won free-kicks, hustled all over the left side of the final third, and barely made any mistakes. Messi seemed like there was something else on his mind in addition to the fact that he reached unfamiliar territory when he complained to the referee to earn a yellow card. He needs to be better as the team leader, no matter what.
The tactics of Gerardo Martino were not too bad, but the fact that they could not finish on any of their chances could be blamed on their true lack of effort or bad luck hitting them like a storm. Now, they need to play much better int he remainder of their matches.
Now, if Madrid win, they will be temporarily in first place until the result of Atletico Madrid at Getafe is finalized tomorrow. If they are to lose, Real stays top on goal differential ahead of Atletico, while Barca sit in third. If Real win the remainder of their matches and Atletico loses at Barcelona in the league final, Real will become champions.