After the puncture that Real Madrid suffered on Saturday against Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona had the opportunity this Sunday to deliver a coup de grace and take off in the standings 10 points behind the white team. However, this did not happen as those led by Xavi Hernández were defeated 1-0 at the Power Horse Stadium against Almería.
The local team struck first in the 24th minute thanks to striker El Bilal Touré, who pivoted a ball thrown from the Almería area and managed to successfully hit a teammate, who quickly filtered the ball from the area and left the team one on one. attacker with Ter Stegen. The Malian player broke the German goalkeeper’s goal and sealed what would be the final 1-0.
Unlike the midweek match against Manchester United in the Europa League, the culé team could count on Gavi for this commitment and lined up Ferran Torres as a starter. The game became thick for the Catalans, who despite enjoying possession of more than 70% could only put one shot between the three sticks of the 14 made and it was after 60 minutes.
Except for a few small changes, Xavi touched very little in the lineup compared to the last meeting during the week. The blaugranas tried to recover in the match, but the locals knew how to hold on stoically.
It treats of the second consecutive defeat of the FC Barcelona in a week. With the three points they let slip, those from Barcelona could have gotten 10 points away from Real Madrid. At the moment, the distance in the classification remains at seven.
Barca is the leader of the championship with 59 units and Real Madrid is its closest rival with 52. After the elimination in the UEFA Europa League, the Spanish team is only fighting for La Liga and the Copa de Rey.
On Thursday the Catalans will face off against the white team in the first leg of the Cup semifinals at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Subsequently, they will face a Valencia CF in low hours on Sunday March 5.
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