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Graham Hansen with a goal and an assist – Barcelona one point away from the league gold

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Caroline Graham Hansen scored as Barcelona took another long step towards Spanish league gold. Here from the master league quarter-final against Brann in April. Photo: Paul S. Amundsen / NTB

Of NTB | 05/04/2024 22:34:42

Sport: Real Madrid are 15 points behind with five games left to play. One Barcelona point from the team’s four remaining games, or a point loss for Real Madrid, will mean Barcelona are champions for the ninth time.

Saturday’s Barcelona victory came hours after Real Madrid were crowned men’s league champions thanks to a Barcelona loss. Over the weekend, the Barcelona women could become champions due to a Real error.

It will happen if Real Madrid concede points in Sunday’s bid against Madrid CFF. Barcelona’s first chance to decide themselves is against Athletic Bilbao next weekend.

In the 11th minute, Bronze doubled the lead. Alexia Putellas crossed from the left, and the keeper gave a rebound that bounced up in an arc. Bronze was straight forward and nodded the ball into the goal.

Graham Hansen both started and finished the attack that made it 3-0 in the 37th minute. At first she was in her own half and played in for centre-back and national team friend Ingrid Syrstad Engen. A few moves later, Rolfö broke through on the left wing, and from the dead line she hit a cross Graham Hansen only needed to put his foot down.

Granada reduced on penalties in extra time in the first half. Laura Perez scored after she herself was fouled by Irene Paredes.

Rolfö scored two goals when, in the 74th minute, she scored on a penalty kick after Mariona Caldentey was fouled.

Graham Hansen played the whole match, while Engen was replaced in the 78th minute.

Barcelona is ready for the Spanish Cup final against Real Sociedad and the Champions League final against Lyon.

Barcelona needed no more than 80 seconds to take the lead for good in Granada. Then Graham Hansen was played to the dead line by Lucy Bronze. She hit the ball diagonally out, and Fridolina Rolfö only needed to put her foot on it to make it 1-0.

The Norwegian national team star scored his 26th goal for Barcelona in various tournaments this season.

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