Football news - Antoine Griezmann strike secures third place for Barcelona in La Liga chase
An acrobatic late effort from Antoine Griezmann saw Barcelona confirm a third-placed finish in La Liga for the season, as they crept past already relegated Eibar 1-0 on Saturday. On 81 minutes Griezmann smashed in from an acute angle following good work from Ousmane Dembele, to conclude a disappointing season.
EIBAR, SPAIN - MAY 22: Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona scores their team's first goal during the La Liga Santander match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on May 22, 2021 in Eibar, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain rem
Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat Eibar 1-0 to secure third place in La Liga.
Coach Ronald Koeman named a much-changed starting XI, with Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba and Pedri all absent, and initially it showed in a somewhat disjointed first half.
Defender Oscar Mingueza was required to make a crucial block early on after Frenkie de Jong lost the ball in a dangerous area in an otherwise uneventful first 45 minutes.