Barcelona and Lionel Messi suffer huge blow in title race as Ronald Koeman gets sent off in shock defeat to Granada

Ronald Koeman was sent off as Barcelona suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of the LaLiga title with a shock 2-1 defeat to Granada.

The Catalans squandered their chance to return to the top of the table as Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina struck second-half goals to cancel out Lionel Messi’s opener to stun Barca at Camp Nou.

Messi and Co were stunned at Camp Nou as they blew their chance to return to the top of LaLiga
Koeman was sent off as his side failed to capitalise on their game in hand

The result leaves Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, with Barca and their fierce rivals Real two points behind with five matches remaining this season.

Koeman epitomised his side’s capitulation in the match as he was sent off in the second-half for his protests following Granada’s equaliser.

Messi had given the hosts the lead when he combined with Antoine Griezmann before slotting into the far corner.

Barcelona missed several opportunities to add to their lead before Machis drove in the equaliser in the second-half.

Substitute Molina then headed in the winner for the visitors late on.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid meet in what looks set to be a crunch battle in the title race this Saturday.