Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann each scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Granada 4-0 away on Saturday to win a third consecutive La Liga game for the first time this season.
Griezmann opened the scoring in the 12th minute, while Messi struck twice before the break to make it four goals in his last two matches and go top of the league’s scoring charts with 11 goals.
French forward Griezmann scored a classy second goal after halftime and things got worse for Granada when Jesus Vallejo was sent off in the 78th minute for clattering into Barca substitute Martin Braithwaite.
The victory took Barca back into third place in the standings with 34 points, closing the gap with leader Atletico Madrid to four points.
However, Atletico, whose game with Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to heavy snow in the Spanish capital,…