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Barcelona Fans Jeer Team After 3-3 Draw With Relegation-threatened Granada in La Liga

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Lamine Yamal was the man of the match for Barcelona, scoring twice. (AP Photo)

Barcelona were heavily favored to win against a Granada team that has only one win in their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Barcelona heard from their fans again after chances of successfully defending the La Liga title took another hit on Sunday.

Barcelona were jeered at home following a 3-3 draw against second-to-last Granada, a setback that saw the Catalan club move 10 points behind leader Real Madrid, which defeated second-place Girona 4-0 on Saturday.

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Barcelona trail Girona by five points and are three ahead of fourth-place Atletico Madrid, which lost 1-0 at Sevilla earlier Sunday.

The draw is likely to add more pressure on Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández, who recently said he will not return after the end of the season.

“It was already tough for us in the league, and now it’s two points tougher,” Xavi said. “It’s a big gap but we are not going to throw in the towel. We have to stop making mistakes.”

Barcelona were heavily favored to win against a Granada team that has only one win in their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Teenager Lamine Yamal was the man of the match for Barcelona, scoring twice.

“We tried until the end but couldn’t get the win,” the 16-year-old Yamal said. “It’s another missed opportunity but we have to keep fighting. There are still many matches remaining and the teams at the top could still stumble.”

Lamal opened the scoring in the 14th minute before Granada rallied with goals by Ricard Sánchez in the 43rd and Facundo Pellistri in the 60th.

Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 63rd and Ignasi Miquel put the visitors ahead again in the 66th before Yamal leveled the match with low shot into the corner in the 80th.

Granada haven’t won in five straight league matches, with three losses and two consecutive draws in their last two games. They stayed in 19th place, seven points from safety.

Sevill Rebound

Sevilla continued their recovery with a 1-0 win over Atletico that ended a 10-match winless streak at home and moved them further away from the relegation zone.

Isaac Romero scored a 15th-minute winner to give Sevilla their second straight league victory after a run of five winless matches that included four losses. Sevilla hadn’t won in eight league games, matching their worst ever winless streak in the competition from back in the 1960s.

The victory jumped Sevilla to 15th place, six points from the relegation zone.

Atletico increased their winless streak to three matches in all competitions and saw their title chances in the Spanish league diminish. Diego Simeone’s team stayed in fourth place, 13 points from Madrid.

Atletico were coming off a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey that ended their 28-game unbeaten run at home across all tournaments. Before that, they needed a stoppage-time equalizer to draw 1-1 at Real Madrid in the league.

Atletico had eliminated Sevilla 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey at home in January.

Atletico striker Álvaro Morata couldn’t finish the first half with an apparent knee injury that prompted him to leave the field in tears.

Getafe’s Late Win 

Jaime Mata scored twice, including an 89th-minute winner, in Getafe’s 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo at home.

Getafe stayed in 10th place, while Rafa Benítez’s Celta, which rallied from two goals down after the 71st, stayed 17th —three points clear from the relegation zone.

Muriqi’s Winner

Vedat Muriqi scored a minute into stoppage time as Mallorca defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 to move into 16th place, six points clear of danger.

Mallorca were winless in five consecutive league matches.

Rayo, winless in seven matches in all competitions, dropped to 14th place with their third-straight league loss.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Associated Press)

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