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Granada stun Barcelona as Real win

ESPN staff
April 13, 2014
Gareth Bale was on the scoresheet for Real Madrid © Getty Images

Granada stunned Barcelona 1-0 at home to deal a significant blow to the Catalans' title hopes in Spain.

The match was settled by a solitary goal by Yacine Brahimi after 15 minutes, the Algerian racing through a Barca defence containing no natural centre-backs and scoring past Jose Manuel Pinto.

The visitors, who began without midfield metronome Xavi and first-choice full-backs Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, were unable to respond - thwarted on a number of occasions by Granada's outstanding goalkeeper Orestis Karnesis, who was making only his second start of the season.

The defeat to a team that began the match with 44 points fewer than Barca meant Gerardo Martino's men could finish the weekend four points behind Atletico, who visit Getafe on Sunday evening.

Real Madrid enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Almeria to move level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti's men took advantage of Barcelona's surprise defeat earlier on Saturday, with goals from Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata lifting them back above the Catalan club in the battle to be crowned Spanish champions.

It was Real's third successive win in La Liga - a run which has seen them score 13 unanswered goals - and they sit behind Atletico on head-to-head only, although their city rivals are in action at Getafe on Sunday.

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