Barcelona played their first game today under the leadership of Xavi Hernandez. “Blaugrana” recorded a modest 1-0 victory in the derby with Espanyol.
The first shot of the match was fired by Memphis Depay. The Dutchman tried his hand at a distance. Diego Lopez dealt with his impact. In the 14th minute, Ilias Akhomach squandered an excellent situation. The rookie got a good pass from the left wing, but sent the ball a few meters above Espanyol’s goal.
Another action was carried out by two Dutch. Frenkie de Jong did well with Depay’s application. The striker fired two shots – the first was blocked, the second was defended by Lopez. The pressure on Espanyol’s goal continued. In the 30th minute, Sergio Busquets fired a strong shot from a distance in an unusual action. The goalkeeper “Papużek” was at the station again.
The score of 0: 0 remained until the break. Ilias Akhomach did not come out for the second half anymore. Another teenager from La Massi, Abde Ezzalzouli, replaced him.
In the 48th minute Depay hit 1-0. The Dutchman won a penalty kick and turned it into a goal himself.
After an hour of play it could have been 2: 0 for the hosts. Sergio Busquets sent a splendid pass to Abde. The young winger missed a shot by the goalkeeper, but the corner kick was cleared by one of Espanyol’s defenders. In the 65th minute, Frenkie de Jong hit the net. The midfielder’s goal was not allowed for offside.
In the 84th minute, Espanyol could have led to a draw. Landry Dimata was completely uncovered in the penalty area, but his head shot missed the target. Later, Barcelona was saved from conceding a goal by a post, which was hit by Raul De Tomas.
“Barca” managed to bring the lead to the end. Xavi’s men advanced to sixth place in the league. Espanyol is eleventh on the table.
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Nov 20, 2021 | 21:00