SPANISH LA LIGA: Lamine Yamal scores brace as Barcelona are held to draw


Barcelona, with teenage winger Lamine Yamal scoring two goals, rallied from behind to secure a thrilling six-goal draw against La Liga strugglers Granada.

The 16-year-old sensation struck first for the hosts, but Ricard Sanchez equalized from Facundo Pellistri’s delivery.

In a whirlwind six-minute stretch, Pellistri, on loan from Manchester United, put the visitors ahead, Robert Lewandowski drew Barcelona level, and Ignasi Miquel restored Granada’s lead.

Yamal secured his brace to cap off the scoring.

While Yamal’s standout performance was a bright spot, Barcelona’s overall display proved disappointing in the context of the title race.

Xavi’s squad now finds themselves trailing leaders Real Madrid by 10 points, missing a chance to close the gap on second-placed Girona, who maintain a five-point advantage.

Their showing underscored Xavi’s decision to depart the club at the season’s end, as he believes Barcelona requires a change in direction.

Granada, who had managed only one point away from home this season and are fighting relegation, appeared to have no trouble finding the net against a vulnerable Barcelona defense. This season, Barcelona’s defense has conceded nearly five times as many goals at home as they did in the entire previous season.