Barcelona Coach Ronald Koeman Sent Off In Key Clash [WATCH]

Barcelona Coach Ronald Koeman Sent Off In Key Clash [WATCH]


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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was sent off from the touchline during Thursday’s crucial La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou.

The Dutchman was shown a straight red card in the second half, shortly after the visitors had made it 1-1. Lionel Messi had opened the scoring for Barca midway through the first half, but Darwin Machis leveled on 63 minutes for Granada.

Koeman appeared to have been sent off for a complaint or something he said to the referee after Machis had tied the match, according to ESPN’s Samuel Marsden. The Barca boss is likely to be handed a touchline ban and may not be on the bench for key games against Valencia and Atletico Madrid, according to journalist Ferran Martinez.

The Barcelona manager’s frustration was understandable as Barca had largely controlled the match after taking the lead. The hosts also know that a victory over Granada would see the team move top of the table with just five games left.

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Koeman Makes Changes

Koeman had made three changes to his team for Thursday’s match. Midfielder Pedri was given a rare rest and replaced by Ilaix Moriba. Elsewhere, Sergi Roberto took over from Sergino Dest at right wing-back and Samuel Umtiti replaced Clement Lenglet.

Barcelona dominated the first half and scored the opening goal in some style when Messi combined with Antoine Griezmann. The World Cup winner produced a beautiful turn and pass to send Messi through on goal to score his 26th La Liga goal of the season.

Koeman made more changes after seeing his team pegged back by Granada. The Dutchman took off Oscar Mingueza and Moriba and brought on Pedri and Ousmane Dembele in search of a second goal.

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