Barcelona snatch draw, Yamal becomes youngest ever LaLiga scorer

cricket08 October 2023 20:17| © AFP

Barcelona's substitute Sergi Roberto scored late on to rescue a 2-2 draw at Granada on Sunday after their winger Lamine Yamal became LaLiga's youngest goalscorer aged 16 years and 87 days.

Granada forward Bryan Zaragoza had netted twice in the first half to give the hosts a two-goal lead but Yamal struck from close range to get Barca back in the game just before the break and Roberto salvaged a point in the 86th minute.

Barcelona are now third on 21 points after nine games, one point behind Girona and three adrift of leaders Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid are fourth on 19 points with a game in hand.

Yamal broke the Liga record held by Malaga's Fabrice Olinga, who scored against Celta Vigo in 2012 aged 16 years and 98 days.

In August he had set the record as Barca's youngest debutant in an official match andthen became Spain's youngest ever international and scorer at 16 years and 57 days when he made his debut away to Georgia in a Euro 2024 qualifier in September.

The goals from Yamal and Roberto rescued a point for Barca who struggled in the first half but dominated late in the game when Granada's Andre Ferreira had to make a string of saves.

Skilful Zaragoza wasted at least two other great chances to extend Granada's lead on the counter in the first half.

He also fired a thunderous strike against the post in the 87th minute just after Roberto had equalised for Barca by netting first-time from Alejandro Balde's cross.

Barca's players and manager Xavi Hernandez then complained vociferously to the referee who ruled out a Joao Felix goal in added time for a controversial offside in the build-up.

"I think we deserved more but paid for our mistakes. It's clear we can't go out on the pitch like that," Xavi told DAZN.

"We were patient, we dominated. Perhaps it's our match with the most possession and we had many chances.

"Pity is that we had to come back from 2-0 down after two counter-attacks. My feeling as a whole is good, but we dropped two points."