Xavi Hernández’s Barça is learning to cling to the few virtues it has. One of them, which at least he is showing in La Liga, is never giving up until his last breaths. Against Valencia he had another clear example since the Barça team played a rather gray game, from more to less, and it was destined not to win. [Narración y estadísticas: Valencia 0-1 FC Barcelona].
In fact, the fairest result would have been a draw. But football does not understand justice and it does understand goals, and there Robert Lewandowski is a real reference. The Polish striker scored in the 93rd minute a saving goal from Raphinha’s center that was like a lifeboat for the entire Barça environment at the most difficult moment.
After the painful fall in the Champions League, another puncture in Mestalla and the possibility that Real Madrid had opened more space in the leadership of La Liga would have been an irreversible blow. The Pole’s goal is worth his weight in gold. The bad news for the Catalans were the injuries to two of their defensive pieces, Eric García and Jules Koundé.
Very eventful match in Valencia, since players like Thierry Correia and José Luis Gayà also ended up injured. In addition, it also had its dose of controversy since there was a disallowed goal for each team, one for Ansu Fati and another for Samuel Lino. The clash started with a beautiful tribute to a Valencian legend like David Villa, who took the honorary kick-off and discovered a canvas in his honor on one of the outer sides of the Mestalla.
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