Barcelona came even closer to the leadership of the Spanish Championship on Monday. At Camp Nou, for the 29th round, the team defeated Valladolid by the score of 1 to 0, with the winning goal coming out in the last finals. The result leaves the team in the second position with 65 points, being one of the leader Atlético de Madrid.
Before the start of the match, Barcelona paid tribute to Lionel Messi. The Argentine became the player with the most matches in the history of the Catalan club on March 21.
With the ball rolling, Valladolid started surprising and almost came out ahead in the eight minutes. After Janko’s cross in the area, Kodro climbed higher than the defense and headed in Ter-Stegen’s crossbar.
Barcelona did not feel the ball hit the post and, little by little, took over dominating the match with control of possession of the ball. However, he had difficulties to pass through the defensive system of the visitors. Valladolid, meanwhile, sought to defend themselves and managed to bring danger to the Catalans in the counterattacks.
Barcelona’s main opportunity in the opening stage came in the 45th minute. After an attempt at Messi’s individual play, Pedri took the leftover and shot low from the edge of the area. But Masip made a beautiful save, the ball hit the post and the goalkeeper grabbed the rebound.
The scenario of the first half remained in the second stage, with the Catalans pressing in search of the winning goal and Valladolid trying to balance the networks in counterattacks at speed. However, the hosts continued to struggle to build dangerous moves and, when they succeeded, stopped at the goalkeeper Masip.
Barcelona’s complicated situation became favorable in the 33rd minute, when Óscar Plano missed Dembélé and received a direct red card. With one more player, the blue-gray team launched even more attack trying to score the winning goal, but ended up wasting the chances it created.
However, when the match was heading for a draw, Barcelona managed to balance the nets in the 44th minute. De Jong took the ball on the right side and crossed into the box. Araújo competed with the head marking and the remainder was with Dembélé, who hit first with his left leg and defeated goalkeeper Masip, recording the goal of the triumph of the home team and bringing the team even closer to the leadership of La Liga.
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