The Barcelona suffered again, but this time he did manage to take all three points by winning by a poor 0-1 at Alaves in Mendizorroza. Frankie de Jong He was the author of the goal that gave the victory to the team Xavi Hernandez, which thus prevents his coach from getting into trouble by cutting that streak of three consecutive games puncturing. Victoria culé and again to hope that this is really a turning point for the remainder of the season.
The night began in a festive tone Alaves. fireworks decorated mendizorroza the day that closed the centenary year of the babazorro painting. And there was no better rival to do it than against a Barcelona who could get their hands on it. The locals had the chances to do it, but in the only badly defended play they saw how Frenkie de Jong he saved the furniture for his family.
The fiefdom of Alaves hosted a duel between two teams that were in dire need of points. The locals, in order to add three points that would allow them to leave the relegation places, while in the case of Barça to approach the positions that give access to the next edition of the Champions League. Also, neither set is right, so it’s understandable how boring the first act was.
Virtually nothing happened. The Barça he dominated possession of the ball, but Pacheco lived very calmly in his goal. the men of Xavi hung centers that were always repelled by Lejeune or Laguardia. They also tried a few long shots, but they always went through the roof. Even from set pieces they tried their luck without any success.
The azulgranas improved their game when the ball passed through a Pedri that continues without receiving that rest after finishing the game of Copa del Rey some days ago. The canary was trying to associate with Ferran Torres, which started the clash on the right wing and when Xavi he realized that he could not do any damage, he exchanged it on his side for Abde. After that change everything remained the same.
A flat game with no ideas
Luke de Jong offered himself and tried to participate with his back to the goal while he watched as Braithwaite he spent almost the entire first act warming up. The Dutch striker could not create those spaces for another player to appear from the second row because his compatriot and surname namesake, Frenkie, is still missing. And it’s been several months in which there is no trace of the former Ajax player.
The Alaves he resisted well against the control of the culé ball. The team coached by beggar He closed each gap well and the Barça he felt helpless and apathetic, not finding a crack to take advantage of. Abde He was, possibly, the most outstanding player of the azulgranas, but that of facing is not that it came out perfectly either. For their part, the babazorros tried to take advantage of Luis Rioja and his band, but it was the rare time he managed to connect with a Joselu that he was very alone in a rival field.
As a result of this connection between Rioja and Joselu the first great opportunity of the second act was born, but the center of the last one did not manage to connect it well Pere Pons. By the way, the former Girona player missed the last chance of the first half by sending his shot directly into the hands of a Ter Stegen that like Pacheco, lived a placid party and without much work.
The teams began to dare more in the second half and the clash had more moments of back and forth, although the mistake of the attackers and the good work of the defenses of both teams prevented the scoreboard from moving in Mendizorroza. Luuk he was able to open the can but he did not get to put his foot in after a foul kicked by Pedri, who was responsible for taking all the plays from set pieces despite the fact that in corners his centers almost always stayed at the near post.
Another De Jong to the rescue
The first change of the Catalans came in 70 ‘when Nico entered by Abde. The Galician was placed on the right wing and a few minutes later he took a straw of Thomas Pine that could have ended in a penalty, or so the footballers of the Alaves, but the reality is that there was nothing. The stopwatch kept counting and from that improvement of the game that the Barça has experienced since the arrival of Xavi there was nothing in Álava.
In fact, Joselu He was close to scoring in the 78th minute with a header coming from behind that went close to the post. The Alaves pressed before an impotent Barça that he was incapable of even locking up his rival, something that usually happens when the greats play away from home and the score is 0-0 in the final stretch of the match. Everything seemed destined for the final tie, but Jordi Alba, one of the most criticized, put a perfect ball to the second post when he unchecked Ferran Torres, who at first left it to the other great questioned, Frenkie de Jong, who only had to push the ball into the back of the net and spoil the party for the local fans.
As in the last few weeks De Jong rescued the Barça already Xavi, but this time the author of that goal was Frenkie. There were several minutes left to play and also in recent weeks the Catalans have missed games that they have not been able to close. To defend the result, the culé coach put Lenglet for Pedri and this time the move did go well for them and the azulgranas were able to take the three points to Barcelona.