Barcelona: Luuk de Jong misses sitter vs Granada days after Koeman's Neymar comments

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Barcelona needed a late goal to draw against Granada on Monday evening as their poor start to the season continued.

Despite their troubles, Barca were easily expected to beat Granada, who had only picked up two point from their opening four games.

But Ronald Koeman's side fell behind after just two minutes played when Domingos Duarte found the back of the net.

Barca struggled to find an equaliser and so Koeman sent on Luuk de Jong at half-time.

Many Barca fans were not impressed when De Jong signed for the club this summer.

He had a golden opportunity to answer his critics and open his account for the club in the 79th minute.

Memphis Depay sent in a wicked ball and it looked all for the world that De Jong would convert from a few yards out.

But he got his header all wrong as his headed effort ballooned over the bar.

That really was a sitter. His miss comes just days after Koeman raved about his aerial ability.

Koeman told NOS earlier this month, per Marca: "When there's a cross coming in, Luuk is more dangerous than Neymar.

"He's a different kind of forward to what we have, and I think all teams should have one like him."

Wonder if Neymar also would have missed from three yards out...

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Fortunately for De Jong, Barca managed to take a point from the game courtesy of Ronald Araújo's 90th minute equaliser.

But it was still a very unsatisfactory evening for Barca, who would have expected to return to winning ways at Camp Nou.

Barca are now seventh in La Liga but could move into the top four should they win their game-in-hand.

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