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Messi Fires Blank As Barcelona Defeat Granada, Qualify For Copa Del Rey Semi-Final

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Messi Fires Blank As Barcelona Defeat Granada, Qualify For Copa Del Rey Semi-Final

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Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was not on the score sheet as the La Liga giants defeated Granada 5-3 in the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night to qualify for the semi-final.

Antoine Griezmann scored two goals and gave two assists as Barcelona staged a last-gasp comeback against Granada.

Having trailed 2-0 after 88 minutes at Los Carmenes, the Blaugrana remarkably forced extra time, where they went on to win 5-3.

Goals from Chelsea loanee, Kenedy, and Roberto Soldado had put Granada ahead, but Griezmann and Jordi Alba scored late goals to make it 2-2 after full time.

Griezmann then gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes into extra time before Fede Vico’s penalty for Granada restored parity.

Frenkie de Jong put Barcelona back in front in the 108th before a stunning volley from Alba to seal the Catalan club’s victory.

Reacting, Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman told a post-match press conference after the game, “

Football is incredible.

“We had chances to win the game far sooner, but we put in an enormous effort, at the end of the second half and in extra-time, showing the mentality of a real team.”

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