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Griezmann was not enough for Barca

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

While Real Madrid feasted this Saturday at the beginning of the afternoon, Barça had to retort. The Catalan club came out of a more than convincing performance in the Champions League in midweek in Turin, against Juve (0-2) and was keen to recover in La Liga after being defeated in the Clasico. While Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann were tenured for this meeting, we were entitled to expect an offensive festival. And we were disappointed. Barça having even conceded the opening of the scoring on a gag goal.

On a pass not inspired by Pique, Neto completely messed up and got tangled up. Riojas took the opportunity to push the leather into the empty cages. Despite his 75% possession of the ball, Barça showed little imagination in the last thirty meters, where his opponent was curled up. Thus, at rest, the vice-champion of Spain was still led.

If Barça was slightly more imaginative in the second act, he still struggled to weigh on the low defense of the premises. Messi hits hard from a tight angle on Pacheco (48th) and the left wing center-shot signed Ansu Fati (52nd) missed. However, spaces would open up for the Catalans with the expulsion of Jota Peleteiro following a second yellow after a high foot and it was Griezmann who would take the opportunity to play the heroes. The French capitalized on a bad pass to the back of the Alaves defense to go lob Pacheco and put the two teams tied (63rd) for his first goal of the season in La Liga.

The Alaves goalkeeper had just made a superb save on a Messi strike. A performance that he also repeated against the Argentine a few moments later (65th). Pacheco was going to be in great demand, like the Alaves defense, which nevertheless held out until the end, despite in particular a heavy strike from Pjanic two minutes from the end which forced the local goalkeeper to a new headlinee. 1-1, final score. Thanks to Griezmann’s first goal since July 5, Barça saves the essentials for Alaves, after being very laborious in the game and having suffered from the blunder of his goalkeeper.