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Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

Published on Apr 13, 2014 6:44 AM
Granada's Chilean midfielder Manuel Iturra (left) vies with Barcelona's Brazilian defender Adriano during the Spanish league football match Granada CF vs FC Barcelona at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on April 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Barcelona's nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a shock 1-0 defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years in serious jeopardy.

After Atletico Madrid dumped them out of Europe's elite club competition on Wednesday, Barca sought a morale-boosting domestic win that would have put them two points clear at the top ahead of Atletico, who play at Getafe on Sunday.

However, the Spanish champions again looked lethargic and short on ideas against a club with a fraction of their resources and surrendered second place to arch rivals Real Madrid, who thumped struggling Almeria 4-0 at the Bernabeu to draw level on 79 points with Atletico.

Atletico can stretch their advantage at the top to three points with a win at Getafe. They play at Barca in their final match of the season and will already be assured of their first Spanish league title since 1996, when current coach Diego Simeone was in the side, if they win their next five matches.

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