MADRID (AP) — Barcelona heard from its followers once more after its probabilities of efficiently defending the Spanish league title took one other hit on Sunday.
Barcelona was jeered at residence following a 3-3 draw in opposition to second-to-last Granada, a setback that noticed the Catalan membership transfer 10 factors behind chief Actual Madrid, which defeated second-place Girona 4-0 on Saturday.
Barcelona trails Girona by 5 factors and is three forward of fourth-place Atletico Madrid, which misplaced 1-0 at Sevilla earlier Sunday.
The draw is probably going so as to add extra stress on Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández, who just lately mentioned he won’t return after the tip of the season.
“It was already powerful for us within the league, and now it’s two factors more durable,” Xavi mentioned. “It’s an enormous hole however we’re not going to throw within the towel. We’ve to cease making errors.”
Barcelona was closely favored to win in opposition to a Granada workforce that has just one win in its final 13 matches in all competitions.
Teenager Lamine Yamal was the person of the match for Barcelona, scoring twice.
“We tried till the tip however couldn’t get the win,” the 16-year-old Yamal mentioned. “It’s one other missed alternative however we have now to maintain combating. There are nonetheless many matches remaining and the groups on the high might nonetheless stumble.”
Lamal opened the scoring within the 14th minute earlier than Granada rallied with targets by Ricard Sánchez within the forty third and Facundo Pellistri within the sixtieth.
Robert Lewandowski equalized within the 63rd and Ignasi Miquel put the guests forward once more within the 66th earlier than Yamal leveled the match with low shot into the nook within the eightieth.
Granada hasn’t gained in 5 straight league matches, with three losses and two consecutive attracts in its final two video games. It stayed in nineteenth place, seven factors from security.
Sevilla continued its restoration with a 1-0 win over Atletico that ended a 10-match winless streak at residence and moved it additional away from the relegation zone.
Isaac Romero scored a Fifteenth-minute winner to present Sevilla its second straight league victory after a run of 5 winless matches that included 4 losses. Sevilla hadn’t gained in eight league video games, matching its worst ever winless streak within the competitors from again within the Sixties.
The victory jumped Sevilla to Fifteenth place, six factors from the relegation zone.
Atletico elevated its winless streak to a few matches in all competitions and noticed its title possibilities within the Spanish league diminish. Diego Simeone’s workforce stayed in fourth place, 13 factors from Madrid.
Atletico was coming off a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao within the Copa del Rey that ended its 28-game unbeaten run at residence throughout all tournaments. Earlier than that, it wanted a stoppage-time equalizer to attract 1-1 at Actual Madrid within the league. Atletico had eradicated Sevilla 1-0 within the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey at residence in January.
Atletico striker Álvaro Morata couldn’t end the primary half with an obvious knee damage that prompted him to go away the sector in tears.
GETAFE’S LATE WIN
Jaime Mata scored twice, together with an 89th-minute winner, in Getafe’s 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo at residence.
Getafe stayed in tenth place, whereas Rafa Benítez’s Celta, which rallied from two targets down after the 71st, stayed seventeenth —three factors clear from the relegation zone.
Vedat Muriqi scored a minute into stoppage time as Mallorca defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 to maneuver into sixteenth place, six factors away from hazard.
Mallorca was winless in 5 consecutive league matches.
Rayo, winless in seven matches in all competitions, dropped to 14th place with its third-straight league loss.
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