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Sep 21, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (Granada)
Attendance: 18,889
Azeez (2'), Vadillo (66' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Junior Firpo makes first Barcelona start against Granada

Junior Firpo makes first Barcelona start
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Junior Firpo is handed his first start for Barcelona in Saturday night's La Liga clash with Granada.

Junior Firpo has been handed his first start for Barcelona in Saturday night's La Liga clash with Granada.

The 23-year-old joined the Spanish champions from Real Betis during the summer transfer window to provide competition for Jordi Alba at left-back.

Firpo only played nine minutes of La Liga football in Barca's first four matches of the 2019-20 campaign, while he was left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

Alba picked up a hamstring problem in the European tie, however, which has opened the door for Firpo to make his first start since arriving at Camp Nou on a five-year contract in early August.

The former Spain Under-21 international has joined Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as part of a back four on Saturday night, but Lionel Messi is once again on the bench for Ernesto Valverde's side.

Barca are currently 1-0 behind on the night courtesy of an early goal from Ramon Azeez, who converted a deflected cross from Antonio Puertas.

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