Granada defeats Barcelona despite Lionel Messi’s rescue effort

Granada took advantage of Barcelona’s troubles on the road to move top of La Liga, scoring a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Los Cármenes. Ramon Azeez and Álvaro Vadillo netted in either half, leaving Barça, who started with Lionel Messi on the bench, without a win in all four away matches this season.

A win against a side they have beaten 11 times in their last 12 league meetings would have taken Barça top of the table on goal difference. But despite the introduction of Messi at half-time, it was Granada who took their opportunity to leapfrog Sevilla and Atlético Madrid and hit the summit.

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