In the 25th round of the Spanish championship, Barcelona players took three points from an unfavorable away game in Bilbao (0:1). El clasico next Sunday at the Camp Nou will thus await them nine points ahead of Real Madrid.
The Catalans are winning this season even when they are not shining. They looked forward to three points for the eighth time, when the scoreboard read 1:0. This time, the best player of the match in front of 49,741 spectators at San Mames was Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The 30-year-old German goalkeeper showed himself with some outstanding saves in the second half. The hosts were also angered by the video referee, who disallowed Inaki Williams’ goal to equalize in the 87th minute.
The video referee conceded a goal for RaphinhaThere were few chances in the first half. In the last minute, Sergio Busquets found Raphinha on the right side of the penalty area. The Brazilian shook the net with a powerful shot, but the referee immediately raised the flag. The video ref quickly came on and referee Jesus Gil Manzano pointed to the middle of the field. The goal was awarded just before the teams went to the dressing room.
Ter Stegen always in the right placeIn the last 20 minutes, Bilbao pressed hard. First, in the 72nd minute, Alex Beregnguer shot hard from a difficult position, and Stegen deflected the ball into the corner. Reserve Iker Muniain tried from the edge of the penalty area with a sealed ball, but the German goalkeeper was again very collected.
Muniain played with a hand before equalizingThree minutes before the end, the fast Inaki Williams escaped the defense of the Catalans and sent the ball into the net. Amid great cheers in the stands, the video referee spotted Muniain handballing the ball in front of Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman raised his leg high, but the Basque was earlier at the ball. Gil Manzano reviewed the tape and overturned the goal. The fans were outraged.
It was time for seven minutes of extra time. In the 93rd minute, Inaki Williams escaped down the right side and passed in front of the goal, where his brother Nico missed with his heel, Yuri Berchiche reached the ball at the far post, and his shot was deflected in front of the goal line by Jules Kounde.
Truth Week for the Royal ClubThe players of Real Madrid have successfully completed their warm-up before the important matches that await them next week in the Champions League and the Spanish Championship. They beat Espanyol 3:1 in front of their home crowd.
The current European and Spanish champions will face Liverpool on Wednesday, and on Sunday they will face El Clasico in Barcelona.
The visitors from Barcelona took the lead in the 8th minute through Joselu, Vinicius Junior (22nd) and Eder Militao (39th) provided the turnaround in the first half, and the final result was set by Marco Asensio in the 92nd minute.
Round 25:CADIZ – GETAFE 2:2 (1:0) Sobrino 39., Alcaraz 82./11-m; Unal 61./11-m, 104./11-m RK: Carcelen 106.; Duarte 80.
REAL MADRID – ESPANYOL 3:1 (2:1) Vinicius Junior 22nd, Militao 39th, Asensio 93rd; Josel 9.
ELCHE – VALLADOLID 1:1 (0:1) Tete Morente 96.; Larin 4. RK: Mesa 101., Hongla 102./both Valladolid
CELTA VIGO – RAYO VALLECANO 3:0 (0:0) Aspas 51., 85., Ciss 52./ag
VALENCIA – OSASUNA 1:0 (0:0) Kluivert 74. Duro (Valencia) missed an 11-meter penalty in the 91st minute.
MALLORCA – REAL SOCIEDAD 1:1 (0:1) Lee 50.; C. Fernandez 3. RK: Marino 90./Real Sociedad
SEVILLE – ALMERIA 2:1 (1:1) Ocampos 45./11-m, Lamela 73.; Akieme 2.
VILLARREAL – BETIS 1:1 (0:1) Pino 55.; Iglesias 38.
ATHLETIC BILBAO – BARCELONA 0:1 (0:1) Raphinha 45.
Bilbao: Aguirrezabala. de Marcos (84./Capa), Vivian, Inigo Martinez, Balenziaga (70./Yuri Berhiche), Dani Garcia, Vesga (64./Zarraga), Alex Berenguer (84./Guruzeta), Raul Garcia (64./Muniain ), N. Williams. I. Williams.
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto (83./Fati), Kounde, Christensen, Balde, Gavi (94./Alarcon), Busquets, F. de Jong, Raphinha (83./Marcos Alonso), Lewandowski, Ferran Torres (68./ Kessie).
Judge: Jesus Gil Manzano
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