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Video – Messi spares Setien’s blushes as Barca beat Granada 1-0

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It took a goal from Lionel Messi to give his new Barcelona boss Quique Setien a winning start.

Barcelona ran out winners over mid-table Granada in the La Liga late game on Sunday night.

It was a dominant performance from the Catalonians. But the scoreline reflects a lackluster unaccomplished result.

With 18 shots, of which only five were on target. A massive 82% possession. Yet Setien’s side only managed to find the back of the net once.

It was a simple side-foot from Messi that found the back of the net.

Griezmann receives the ball from Messi. The French man, in turn, sends a speedily paced pass into the feet of Arturo Vidal.

Messi is making a run around the and through defenders as all this is going on

Vidal instantaneously plays a cheeky backheel returning the ball to Messi.

The Argentine made no mistake and gave Barca a deserving lead.

Barcelona was dominant but wasteful. The Camp Nou crowd will be glad of the win a dominating football. But as Setien has said, winning is not enough at Barcelona.

The goal is enough to put Barcelona back at the to of La Liga.