In the match of the 30th round of the Spanish championship, “Barcelona” hosted “Sevilla”.
Sunday’s program of the Spanish championship was closed by “Barcelona” and “Sevilla”, occupying the second and third lines of the standings, respectively. The fight for the championship with “Real” looks a bit tense. Rivals lost to Madrid by 12 points, and even cut each other at the “Camp Nou”. For Xavi, who trampled the same “Real” (4: 0) in the last match, it was very important to click on the nose and the second direct competitor.
The composition of the Catalans was guessed. Usman Dembele has been booming lately, the Frenchman won a place in the start with Adama Traore. Obameyang and Torres have traditionally taken two other positions in the attack. In the center of the field Pedry, De Jong and Busquets, in defense Alves, Alba, Pique. Names caressing the ears of a Catalan fan. As part of “Seville”, Ivan Rakitic, who played in Catalonia for a couple of seasons, had special feelings for “Barcelona”.
On paper, the composition of “Barcelona” looked very formidable. But on the field everything was not as smooth as one might imagine. The pause for the matches of the national teams slightly destroyed the game ties, as is often the case with the favorites. Xavi’s team controlled the situation, took the initiative, seemed to move well, but did not create moments at all. Even the approaches to the Boone Gate could be considered unpleasant.
The first half passed without any dangerous moments, and at the start of the second half of the meeting, “Sevilla” suddenly cheered up. Rekik took the ball from Alves in a fierce fight and dispersed the counterattack, which was completed by Lamela after Ocampos’ dribbling. Eric struck hard from the penalty area, but Ter Stegen was on the alert. And “Sevilla” was not limited to one injection. The next counterattack was supposed to end with Ocampos’ shot on an empty net, but Jesus Navas threw the ball a little stronger than allowed.
“Barcelona” created the first moment only after an hour of play. Usman Dembele turned Rekik on the right flank and shot in the center of the penalty area. Ferran Torres finished the attack with a touchdown shot from a deadly position, but was unable to break through Yassin Boone. “Barca” smelled blood, at the end of the match piled up significantly. Boone rescued again, taking a shot from under the crossbar to Araujo, who took advantage of Dembele’s cool cross.
There was a moment when the goalkeeper did not save Sevilla. Again, Dembele gave a clear canopy from the right corner flag, and punched in the corner of Pique. Boone did not get, but the ball hit the crossbar. Catalan pressure still affected. Hyperactive Dembele found Pedry in the arc of the penalty area, and the young Spaniard during breaks and swings laid three opponents, and then scored in the “six” – 1: 0.
Yassin Boone then made another supersave, never allowing Ferran Torres to punch him from the center of the penalty area, but “Sevilla” was not saved from defeat. “Barcelona” won the sixth round in a row, leading the chase for “Real”. The Catalans are 12 points behind, but have a match in hand.
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