Watch: Barcelona’s Dani Alves gets brilliant assist on La Liga return

Dani Alves of Barcelona jogs during the match against Granada. Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium, 8 December 2021.

Brazilian right-back Dani Alves registered his first assist of his second-stint at Barcelona during their La Liga match with Granada.

Alves won six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and four Copa del Reys during his first spell at the club before leaving for Juventus in 2016.

His last Barcelona assist before his move to Italy came on the 15th of April 2016, also against Granada in La Liga.

On this occasion, he set up Luuk de Jong in the 57th minute who headed in the game’s opener.

Alves found himself in space just in the Granada half and decided to send a cross from deep into the box.

It was a perfectly weighted cross that flew onto the head of De Jong, who peeled off his man to head home beyond the Granada goalkeeper.

The fact Alves assisted in the same ground and in the same match as his last Barcelona assist was poetic, but the final result ended up spoiling the occasion.

Youngster Gavi was sent off in the 79th minute and Barcelona could not withstand the resulting Granada pressure as the home side equalising in the 89th minute.

Whilst a victory would have meant Barcelona moved up to third in the table, the draw means they sit sixth, a point off of Real Sociedad in fourth place.

Alves was brought back to Barcelona by Xavi as a free agent in November but has only just been able to be registered for competitive games.

The 38-year-old recently made his second debut for the club in a 2-1 win over Linares Deportivo in the Copa del Rey.

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