FC Barcelona defeated Espanyol – Sport in INTERIA.PL

FC Barcelona

RCD Espanyol Barcelona

M. Depay 48 ‘

Much has been said and written about the team’s attitude this season. The balance of his recent games, however, is downright catastrophic: he has won only one out of five matches (in the Champions League, against Dynamo Kiev, 1-0), tied two and lost two. After 12 rounds of struggle in LaLiga, he has only 17 points and his dreams of the national championship must be abandoned at such an early stage.

Hiring Xavi to take over the “Duma of Catalonia” from Al-Sadd is to cure the team’s troubles. Before she started the first meeting under his leadership, she was struck by a big blow: the media reported that Sergio Aguero would have to end his career due to heart problems.

In the third minute, Xavi’s team playing as the hosts could take the lead. However, Depay’s bouncing shot from behind the penalty area in installments was defended by the Espanyol goalkeeper. Moments later, 17-year-old Akhomacha’s situational strike was blocked. The pressure of the “Duma of Catalonia” did not cease for a moment – it was she who dictated the conditions. The advantage of the team was evident, but … little came from it. The rivals, in turn, tried to bite with counterattacks, but they appeared very sporadically at Ter Stegen’s goal.

In the 25th minute Depay had another chance, but with the help of three rivals he did not manage to give a dangerous strike – the first attempt was blocked, and the “correction” was easily caught by Lopez standing between the posts. The dangerous situations were like medicine and there were no goals before the break.

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Right after the break, however, there was a strong blow. Depay fell in the penalty area and was attacked by one of the rivals’ defenders. The repetitions did not clearly show whether the defender broke the rules, but the referee finally pointed to the eleventh meter. The victim himself approached the ball and did not waste the chance, confidently defeating the goalkeeper and giving his team the lead.

This hit seemed to take the burden off the shoulders of the Barcelona players, who began to act even more boldly. In the 50th minute, after a good action from the whole team, Busquets made a threatening shot from outside the penalty area. In the 61st minute, the same player had a great pass to Ezzalzouli, but he missed in an excellent situation. The next minutes passed and the result of the match did not change.

Espanyol could have been a surprise at the end of the favorite. Dimata received a perfect cross, and despite the fact that none of the hosts’ defenders followed him, he hit his head inaccurately while standing on the fifth meter. However, it did not end there, because a moment later de Tomas tried his head … at the post. The “Pride of Catalonia” unnecessarily gave up the initiative and paid a high price for it. However, she managed to keep a clean sheet and a modest victory, although … even in the sixth minute of added time, Espanyol was able to equalize after a corner kick.



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About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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