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Barça leave it late to overcome Granada

Published: Saturday 22 September 2012, 23.55CET
FC Barcelona needed an 87th-minute stunner from Xavi Hernández and an added-time own goal to break down a resilient Granada CF inspired by the heroics of goalkeeper Antonio Toño.
Barça leave it late to overcome Granada
Xavi Hernández (right) is congratulated by Lionel Messi after opening the scoring ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 22 September 2012, 23.55CET

Barça leave it late to overcome Granada

FC Barcelona needed an 87th-minute stunner from Xavi Hernández and an added-time own goal to break down a resilient Granada CF inspired by the heroics of goalkeeper Antonio Toño.

FC Barcelona scored twice late on to overcome a stubborn Granada CF side inspired by goalkeeper Antonio Toño.

Granada went into the match without a win this season, but excellent defensive organisation kept them level at the break, after which they relied on the reflexes of Toño, who made a string of stunning saves to keep the hosts at bay.

The visitors looked set to earn a point, but substitute Xavi Hernández broke the deadlock in style, crashing a volley in off the bar three minutes from time. A broken Granada conceded a second in added time as Borja Gómez turned Lionel Messi's cross into his own goal.

Elsewhere, Real Betis Balompié got their third win of the fledgling campaign, as Paulão's 18th-minute strike proved sufficient to sink an RCD Espanyol team who had midfielder Wakaso Mubarak sent off on 66 minutes. CA Osasuna still await their first victory after a 3-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza, new signing Apoño capping the win with a second goal of the season. RC Celta de Vigo overcame ten-man Getafe CF 2-1.

Last updated: 23/09/12 0.16CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 05/04/2013 14:26 CET

22/09/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona2-0GranadaGranada

Xavi Hernández 87, Borja Gómez 90+2 (o.g.)

Venue: Barcelona

22/09/2012

BetisBetis1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Paulão 18

Venue: Sevilla

22/09/2012

CeltaCelta2-1GetafeGetafe

Fernandez 57, Park Ju-Young 68

Barrada 59

Venue: Pontevedra

22/09/2012

ZaragozaZaragoza3-1OsasunaOsasuna

Hélder Postiga 4, Tímor 45 (o.g.), Apoño 71 (P)

Armenteros 29

Venue: Zaragoza

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