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Barcelona held by Granada as Alves plays first Laliga match since 2016

Antonio Puertas' late strike extends Granada's unbeaten La Liga run to seven games, equalling a club record set in 1969

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Dani Alves claimed an assist on his La Liga return but Barcelona missed the chance to move up to third in La Liga after being held by Granada.

Antonio Puertas found the top corner in the 89th minute to salvage a point for the hosts.

Right-back Alves, making his first La Liga appearance since 2016, provided the cross from which Luuk de Jong opened the scoring in the second half.

Barcelona also had Gavi sent off for a second bookable offence.

De Jong thought he had broken the deadlock in the first half but his header was disallowed by the video assistant referee for offside.

Alves produced an outstanding block to deny Puertas moments before the equalizer, but there was little the visitors could do about the 29-year-old’s late finish.

Barcelona are back in action on Wednesday, when they host Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals.

Granada, meanwhile, equal a club-record seven La Liga games without defeat.

SOURCEBBC
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