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Euro kings Barcelona in sudden decline

While Bayern have retained league title, Barca risk ending empty-handed

Published on Apr 14, 2014 8:58 PM
Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas (left) and Sergio Busquets battling for the ball with Granada’s Youssef El-Arabi (second from left) and Cristian Bravo during their shock 1-0 loss at Granada. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN - Two giants of European football are suffering a dramatic slump in their respective leagues, but at least one - Bayern Munich - have the consolation of a league title sewn up and a Champions League semi-final place secured.

Barcelona, on the other hand, followed up their Champions League exit with a shock 1-0 defeat by Granada on Saturday, a result that left their bid for a fifth Spanish La Liga title in six years in serious jeopardy.

Defeat saw Barca slip to third in the Spanish table with just five games to play.

"We no longer have matters in our own hands, but I couldn't ask for anything more from the players," said Barca coach Gerardo Martino, who saw four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi turn in yet another subdued performance.

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