Antoine Griezmann led Barcelona again from the brink on Wednesday because the Catalans beat Granada 5-3 after extra-time to win a riveting cup tie and attain the Copa del Rey semi-finals. Barca seemed set to crash out at Los Carmenes when Granada led 2-0 with two minutes of regular time remaining however Griezmann scored one objective within the 88th minute after which arrange Jordi Alba for a dramatic equaliser within the 92nd. Griezmann headed his group in entrance in extra-time just for Granada’s Fede Vico to make it 3-3 with a penalty.
But Frenkie de Jong’s end and a thumping volley from Alba, additionally arrange by Griezmann, despatched a relieved Barcelona by way of.
“It was a superb, stunning cup tie,” mentioned Griezmann.
Ronald Koeman admitted the Copa del Rey is his group’s “shortest route” to a trophy this season and with Atletico Madrid 10 factors clear in La Liga and Paris Saint-Germain to return within the Champions League, it might show their solely route too.
Granada, although, got here inside a whisker of one other enormous upset as targets from Robert Kenedy and Roberto Soldado put them in sight of the final 4.
As a substitute, Koeman’s aspect rallied, with Lionel Messi the architect and Griezmann delivering absolutely his finest efficiency since he joined Barcelona from Atletico 18 months in the past.
It’s the form of efficiency that might show a place to begin for Koeman’s group.
“A match and a outcome like this may feed our spirit and our power,” mentioned Koeman. “These are moments that may be essential in a season.”
Griezmann now has six targets and 7 assists in his final 9 video games.
“Now I want consistency,” mentioned Griezmann. “I’ve felt good since January and I need to maintain it going till the top of the season. I really feel like I’ve the arrogance of my coach and my teammates.”
Barca’s reward is a spot within the semis and they are going to be heavy favourites after early exits for Atletico and Actual Madrid.
They be a part of Sevilla, who beat Almeria on Tuesday, and Levante, who additionally got here by way of after extra-time for a shock 1-0 win in opposition to Villarreal.
Actual Betis or Athletic Bilbao play on Thursday for the final spot.
Samuel Umtiti was at fault for Granada’s opening two targets, first robbed by Alberto Soro, who fired a fast go throughout for Kenedy to attain, after which outrun by Soldado, who completed into the nook.
Sergi Roberto went off with what seemed like a hamstring pressure and Barca looked for a method again.
Francisco Trincao and Messi each hit the woodwork whereas Griezmann drew a wise save from goalkeeper Aaron Escandell with a bicycle kick.
Lastly the stress instructed within the 88th minute, Griezmann sliding onto Messi’s curled go to the again submit and catching it on the bounce, the ball cannoning off the goalkeeper and in.
Granada had 4 minutes of added time to outlive they usually held out for less than two, a carbon-copy go from Messi discovering Griezmann in the identical spot, this time the striker heading throughout for Alba to nod in.
Luis Suarez might nonetheless have gained it for Granada in regular time however drove huge when despatched clear and it seemed like Barca had it wrapped up when Griezmann scored once more in extra-time, heading in Alba’s cross from the left.
Granada struck again virtually instantly, although, Sergino Dest knocking over Carlos Neva within the field and Fede Vico changing the penalty, just for Barcelona to discover a fourth. Messi’s shot was parried out for De Jong to poach the rebound.
Granada had been on the ropes and a fifth proved the knock-out blow. Griezmann swept an excellent go out to Alba, who nonchalantly volleyed in for maybe one of the best objective of an exciting evening.
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