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Girona Proving To Be Serious Title Contenders After Victory Over Barcelona As Granada’s Tie Against Athletic Bilbao Is Shifted In Respect Of Fan’s Death

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Girona are proving more than just a fluke having been labeled ‘LaLiga’s surprise package’ following a blistering start to the 2023/24 campaign, Michel Sanchez’s side showed a performance of intent yesterday after defeating Catalan rivals and defending champions Barcelona 2-24 in front of their fans to reclaim top spot leaving Xavi Hernandez’s side who are currently placed fourth on the log seven points off the table leader’s point.

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Girona put up a more credible show on Sunday night at the Olympic Stadium putting four past Xavi’s Barcelona to go back to the top of the league after Real Madrid had earlier drawn their game.

Michel Sanchez’s side who have never beaten Barcelona in six previous league games broke the jinx yesterday in grand style alongside a thrilling performance to claim a well deserved victory as the head coach who was taking charge of his 100th game in the top flight out-thinking Xavi across the 90 minutes in the battle of tactics and bravery.


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They outplayed Barcelona and fully deserved to leave with their first ever victory against the current La Liga champions as an angry De Jong said after the game of the huge gap between both teams: “t’s seven points now, we were not good enough tonight but we still have more than half the season to go”.

Meanwhile…

The game between Granada and Athletic Bilbao which was postponed after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the stands will resume today in the 17th as communicated by the league body.

The Granada fan who had been a season ticket holder for 16 years collapsed and Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon rushed to get the referee’s attention around the 15th minute after Granada fans told him about the problem with one of the supporters at Los Carmenes Stadium.

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Team doctors left their benches to try to help and the match continued for about five minutes when it was finally stopped again as doctors continued to work on the fan.

The layers stayed on the field until about the 40th minute before going into the locker rooms after the officiating referee eventually called off the game and the league confirmed the death of the fan.

Match will restart on Monday night from the 17th minute with Athletic leading 1-0.

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