FC Barcelona hosted Sevilla in the 8th round of La Liga. Xavi’s players won 1-0 after an own goal by Sergio Ramos. It was a duel worthy of these two rivals.
FC Barcelona needed a good result after their latest mishap at the Iberostar Estadio in Mallorca. Xavi’s players drew 2-2, which resulted in them losing their leading position a day later and falling to third place in La Liga. In turn, the Sevilla players won the previous match 5:1 against Almeria and are in good shape. We saw a good spectacle at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona.
Goalless first half of the match
FC Barcelona players always want to take the initiative quickly and this time was no different. They carried out quick attacks down the wings, with Yamal, Felix and Raphinha often looking for Lewandowski’s crosses. The guests had to wait a quarter of an hour for a more dangerous attack, when Lukebakio received the ball from one of his teammates and shot at Ter Stegen’s goal, but he did it much too hard and shot over the crossbar. In the 22nd minute, Cancelo made an excellent run down the right side, entering the penalty area. He passed to Felix, who hit the crossbar with 100% chance.
Raphinha faced Bade in a running duel and although he won, the defender knocked the ball out from under him at the last moment and there was no threat. Half an hour after the start of the match, Sevilla received a gift in the opponent’s penalty area, and the ball went to the perfectly positioned Ocampos, who fired a shot blocked by Gavi. If it weren’t for the Spaniard, the Andalusia players would have been leading. The pace of the game picked up a bit as both teams made offensive attacks, but still to no avail. Raphinha was injured and had to be replaced by Fermin.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s players performed excellently in defensive tasks, repelling the Catalan attacks. The closest to scoring a goal was Fermin, who in the 39th minute received a pass into the penalty area from Yamal and shot badly in a 100% situation, not putting enough force into the shot. Cancelo was shown a yellow card. By the end of the first half, neither team was able to tip the scales in their favor and they went to the locker room with the score 0-0.
An own goal decided the result of the match
The second part of the match started similarly to the first, with FC Barcelona’s attacks. Despite this, the guests were closer to taking the lead when, after a throw-in into the penalty area, the ball went to Lukebakio, but the Belgian shot missed the target. After a while, Juanlu looked at the yellow card. It didn’t take long for the next penalty to come, and it was received by Lamela after a sharp entry into Kounde. The Catalans got down to work seriously and started launching very quick attacks. Lewandowski was close to scoring twice, as well as Gavi, who scored from the head after a corner.
Nyland could have made a spectacular mistake under Barca’s pressure with RL9 right next to him. The Norwegian did not catch the ball and the Pole could have found himself in front of an empty goal, but the goalkeeper fixed it at the last moment. However, Sevilla did not give up and also tried to attack, but Lukebakio was very ineffective. But it was the Pride of Catalonia that continued to press, entering the free zones opened up by the visitors well. There were 20 minutes left in the match and the scoreboard still showed 0-0.
After some confusion in the penalty area, Lewandowski received the ball when the goal was almost empty and shot it, but Bade headed it away at the last moment. The referee had previously whistled a foul. Rakitic could have given his team the lead, but after sending a cross into the penalty area, he headed it wide of the goal. In the 76th minute, Yamal received the ball from Torres and headed the ball into the penalty area, which unfortunately bounced off the legs of Ramos, who scored an own goal. Thus, FC Barcelona took the lead.
After a big mistake, Sevilla found themselves in the hosts’ penalty area more often. A very dangerous situation was created by Navas on the right side, who decided to play to Mariano, but it was interrupted by Kounde. Lewandowski could have scored, but he was blocked again at the last minute. After five added minutes of the second half, the referee ended the match.