After two consecutive victories in which they left many doubts, the FC Barcelona completed this intense week receiving Valencia in the league, in an always intense encounter between two teams that have a lot of problems this season. And it is that the culés came to win by the minimum and those of Javi Gracia to tie at home. And from the beginning of the clash we clearly saw the two opposing proposals, summarizing in both the shortcomings that we already know of the entire course.
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On the Catalan side, the defenses and offenses, since they dominate the games but with a boring, slow game and without finishing the chances. This meant that the visitors today managed to shoot some against with danger, and the result of precisely one of them came the corner kick of the first goal. Mouctar Diakhaby finished in an incomprehensible way only at 30 ‘, to score the first goal. A target that once again forced Ronald Koeman’s men to row upriver, although in that stretch of the game it was also providential Marc-André Ter Stegen with two stops of great merit.
But the great mess of the first act came in the discount of it. Before the Catalans asked for a penalty on Martin Braithwaite, and then one was whistled not without controversy about Antoine Griezmann. The referee sent José Luis Gayà off after the push action when the Frenchman faced Jaume, but the contact seemed light. In the end, and after reviewing the VAR, he left the penalty in yellow for the side. As if that were not enough, Jaume stopped the maximum penalty but Lionel Messi scored with a header after the rejection, just before the break.
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The second part began in a similar way to the course of the first, again with FC Barcelona suffering too much in defense in each approach of Valencia. Although the Che gave the initiative to their rival, who, based on push, was prowling the Valencian area but without too much clairvoyance. However, the Catalans were not enough to score the second, when Ronald Araujo connected a good shot after a commotion in the penalty zone of the visitors (52 ‘).
But as we saw throughout the duel, the goal changed the dynamics again and in this case it was the Catalans who took the step back. Those of Javi Gracia launched the attack without complexes cornering a local team that seemed to settle, like last Wednesday. The difference is that in this case the visitors were right through Maxi Gómez in 69 ‘, a classic center forward target that once again rewarded the effort of the Turia capital team and equalized the clash.
Therefore, we had an intense and exciting end of the game, with both teams looking for the goal, which could surely give victory to the one who achieved it. A target that, as it did not arrive, finally left the tie on the scoreboard. A deserved point for a combative Valencia. On the other hand, the Catalans return to their old ways and cannot finish the week with nine points. The season is going to be very long at Can Barça, without a doubt …
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