Barcelona was held to a 1-1 draw by Granada at home, with the equalizer coming in the 90th minute. They concluded the game pelting crosses into the box, with Gerard Pique on as an auxiliary number nine alongside Luuk de Jong, despite Ronald Koeman being encouraged not to lose touch with the club's hallmark brand of football this summer.
It wasn't beautiful, and the point will do nothing to alleviate the club's melancholy. Sergio Busquets was the only player above the age of 30 in Koeman's starting lineup. Domingos Duarte found space at the back post and headed past Marc Andre ter Stegen to put the youthful team under after only two minutes. In the first half, Barcelona labored in vain. Philippe Coutinho had his first start since December, but he failed to inspire the home squad, who relied on Sergio Roberto and Araujo for their best opportunities.
Araujo blasted a header goalwards after the midfielder struck the goal frame, but Luis Maximiano made the save of the match to deny him. At halftime, Koeman introduced massive centre-forward De Jong, and Barça's most efficient first-half strategy was repeated in the second 45 minutes. The arrival of Pique offered Oscar Mingueza on the right and Sergino Dest on the left another head to pick out in the Granada penalty area, and Araujo was denied once more. Granada, who had not won in their first four games, was looking to repeat their victory at the Camp Nou in April, when they became the first team to win at Barcelona's stadium.
It appeared that they had achieved their goal, but in the final minute of regular time, Pique had time to bring the ball down in their area, and when he passed it to Gavi, the 17-year-old midfielder's cross was headed in by Araujo for the equaliser. Koeman will be relieved to have another game on Thursday and only three days to stave off speculation about his future.
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