Rafinha gives Barcelona 1-0 win over Granada

An acrobatic strike from midfielder Rafinha early in the second half gave Luis Enrique's side the points in a soporific game.

Rafinha scored the only goal of the match in the 48th minute.   -  AP

An acrobatic strike from midfielder Rafinha early in the second half gave Luis Enrique's side the points in a soporific game.

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Barca sorely missed its absent midfield magician Andres Iniesta, who has so often proved the key to unlocking sides which set up as Granada did. Visiting coach Lucas Alcaraz selected a 5-4-1 formation and his side rarely came out of its own half.

The breakthrough came in the 48th minute, when Barca attacked Granada's box en masse.

Rafinha had the chance to shoot but instead squared to Neymar, who could only fire against the near post, but the Brazil midfielder reacted quickly to swivel and volley home on the rebound.

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