It was in the struggle, in the last effort, but again Barcelona won in La Liga. This Saturday, 29, Xavi’s team visited Valencia, at Mestalla, and suffered, but won the three points with Lewandowski scoring the 1-0 goal. his 13th goal in La Liga.
The first half was way below the expectations of the duel. Both Barcelona and Valencia created little opportunities, they were more disputed for the ball, which spent more time under the command of the visitors. With 68% of possession, Barça had seven shots, but only one was on goal. Ansu Fati was being well acted, he had three chances, but only scored in one, offside.
After a few unsuccessful attempts, the best for both sides came in the 43rd minute. Jordi Alba crossed from the left, Lewandowski won from the high mark and headed the post. Other than that, both sides lost injured players, Cavani to Valencia and Eric Garcia to Barcelona, were little effective and had a low-level duel.
Right at the beginning of the final stage, Valencia tried to attack and even opened the scoring with Samuel Lino. But with the help of VAR, the referee ruled it out after Marcos André touched the ball with his hand. The hosts tried to exploit more of the flaws in Barcelona’s defensive system, but Xavi’s changes before the 10th minute brought the game back to the Catalans. Redominating the control of the ball, the visiting team commanded, was little attacked, but had difficulties in creating and finishing in goal.
Gradually, the game lost intensity, Barcelona calmed down and the result seemed to be heading towards a draw. As the last sprint, Barça tried, struggled and almost scored in the 39′. Pedri received in the area and crossed to Ferran Torres, who tried to hit, but fumbled the ball and Mamardashvili saved in fright. On the rebound, Lewandowski and Raphinha fought for the ball, but they got in the way and the Brazilian sent it out.
The game got hot again because of the arbitration, which allowed for sharper tackles, and much more fouls. At 48′, the scream can come out of the Catalan throats. After insisting so much, Raphinha crossed, the ball was crossing the whole area, but Lewandowski appeared to stretch and hit the goal. The Pole’s 13th goal in La Liga again gave the culés victory in a complicated and balanced game.
With the victory, Barça goes to 31 points and assumes the provisional leadership of La Liga, tied with Real Madrid that still plays in the round. Valencia is 10th with 15 points. The teams return to the field at the weekend for La Liga with Barça facing Almería on Saturday, 5, at Camp Nou, at 17:00 (Brasília), and Valencia visiting Real Sociedad, the following day, at 12:15. .