In the fourth minute, Messi sent a cutting pass to Alexis Sanchez, who was nearly in the goal, but Granada goalkeeper Toño came up and grabbed the ball before the Chilean could slap it into the net. Nolito's shot was nicely saved by Victor Valdes two minutes later.
Cesc Fabregas was brought down inside the box in the 21st minute, but the referee did not make a call on the play.
Barcelona had a break in the 25th minute. Alexis hesitated taking the shot, and Toño was able to make the save. Granada came quickly back to push it forward. Carlos Aranda crossed it into the box, and Nolito made the pass to Ighalo who made it 1-0.
There was a great cross by Dani Alves to Thiago inside the box, who then scooped it to Messi for the shot, but Tono was there for the great stop on Leo.
In the second half, Messi equalized in the 50th minute as Cesc shot a bullet Toño's way. The keeper could not get a handle on the ball, and Leo ran in and knocked in his 300th goal as a member of FC Barcelona.
Messi also extended his own Liga record with 14 straight games with a goal.
Pedro hit the post in the 66th minute. What looked like a clear goal for Pedro a few seconds later was called offside. From the replay, it looked like Pedro was, in fact, onside.
Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead in the 73rd minute via the set piece. A foul on Thiago set up the free kick, and Leo took the kick and hit a beauty of a golazo! Toño could not do anything about it.
In stoppage time, a fabulous save by Victor Valdes on Yacine Brahimi's shot kept Barcelona's win in tact.
FINAL: Granada CF 1 - 2 FC Barcelona
Let's look at three takeaways "From The Mind of Xoel" as we look back at FC Barcelona's 2-1 win over Granada on Saturday.