Barcelona (71), started with five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid (76), their visit to Valencia (36). He needed a win to support himself in defining LaLiga de España, so that the next one is a true final with the leader’s visit to Camp Nou. And it was daunting, however Within minutes He turned it over and won 2 goals (1, jewel from a free kick) from Messi, winning 3-2.
Without Ronald Koeman on the bench after Granada was sent off, which earned him two suspension dates, Barcelona It all started with And it was close to calm after a great mix between De Jong and Pedri, which finished off the youth team with a shot that deflected.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen That was the key To stop two attacks from Valencia, who appeared ready to win a ticket Cuckoo For an unforgettable season
Because Barcelona dominated, and it made sense: the local player gave the ball and was grouped comfortably with two lines of four no more than five meters apart, and when necessary, one of the forwards (Portuguese Gonzalo Guides or Uruguayan Maximiliano Gomez) joined the middle and defense I became five.
The maximum that a culé club could generate, in the first half, was a dangerous center taking advantage of the offer of foreign handouts (played with 3 line), especially Jordi AlbaBut Antoine Griezmann did not weigh in the region and the team was not in a sudden appearance from Messi either, Pedri a De Jong in the center.
Suffice it to say that Barcelona had possession of the ball throughout the first half 70% of the time And in the auctions that were frankly between the three lawsuits it ended up equally: one for each side.
It only took Valencia three and a half minutes to put the Blaugrana resistance to the test, when a good counterattack led to a one-on-one confrontation. It is well preserved by Ter Stegen.
But from the angle that generated the measure came the local cry: This good drainage Collapsed By the goalkeeper himself when he first missed, he clashed with an opponent and left the goal at the mercy of Paulista, who headed the ball unopposed.
There was no shortage of controversy: the German and all of Barcelona claimed to have been there Illegal curtain Against the goalkeeper, but at the request of the video assistant referee Target has been validated.
The party was apparently closed. Or is the group led by Javier Garcia relaxed? Because as granite as he appeared in the first half, he let the ball seep after the goal, and Tony Latto saw himself getting over, instinctively or intentionally, his arm position and stopping the ball: a non-appealable penalty kick.
Messi took charge and goalkeeper Jasper Seleson Guess the intent: he threw himself to his right and fired. However, after two rebounds (one, an unbelievable save), the Argentine hit the ball again in a small area and equalized.
And after only six minutes The House of Cards has been disarmed To Valencia who had struggled so hard to gain an advantage quickly squandered it.
An excellent cross from Jordi Alba, who rose high enough and traveled almost directly ahead of de Jong, who This time breaking the lines He hit the ball. Cilissen saved a superb save, but the rebound found Griezmann as a catcher and the score was 2-1.
And the icing on the cake, even if more than 20 minutes remained, the Argentine put it with its stamp. Free kick in front of goal, slightly “tilted” to the right: Superstar Rosario’s unbeatable position, Who found that calling from a distance is easier than 12 steps. Great goal by Leo and the match is almost over.
Of course, in a season when everything could be complicated for Barcelona, visiting Valencia would be no exception. She came unexpectedly, yeah, then An amazing goal Via Carlos Soler, who hit with the right hand about 30 meters from the goal and almost broke Ter Stegen’s net.
But Valencia couldn’t. Found this entry “from another game” but couldn’t detail it enough: I was going to need another similar pearl To put a visitor’s win in trouble.
It was a celebration and a relief for Barcelona that is now It was two points From a tool s You will endeavor to steal the tip At home next weekend.