In a dramatic La Liga encounter, Barcelona secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium. The match was a tale of two halves, with Alaves taking an early lead just 20 seconds into the game through Samu Omorodion. Barcelona, despite a lackluster first half, managed a stunning comeback in the second half, thanks to the heroics of Robert Lewandowski.
Alaves stunned Barcelona with an early goal, setting the tone for what was initially a one-sided affair. Barcelona struggled to find their rhythm in the first half, squandering offensive moves and barely creating chances. However, the second half saw a rejuvenated Barcelona, with Lewandowski scoring a brilliant header to level the score and later converting a penalty to secure the win. Despite Barcelona’s victory, their performance was far from convincing, with Alaves posing a constant threat throughout the match.
The hosts, who were playing in a half-empty Barcelona Olympic Stadium, with the Nou Camp under renovation, were also fortunate not to fall further behind with Omorodion missing a glorious close-range chance to double Alaves’ lead.
Barca took control of the game and in the 77th minute Alaves defender Abdelkabir Abqar fouled Raphinha inside the box and Lewandowski converted the penalty to secure up the points.
“We need to be conscious about our moment and be self-critical, we are not playing good football lately and need to improve mightily going forward,” Xavi told Movistar Plus.
“The international break has arrive in good time and will do good for us, so we can reflect and work hard to correct our mistakes. I’m optimistic and I think we have enough talent and grit to come back much better in two weeks.”
Player of the Game
Robert Lewandowski was undoubtedly the player of the game. His decisive actions in the second half, scoring both the equalizer and the winning goal, were pivotal in Barcelona’s comeback. His performance was a reminder of his class and ability to change the game’s outcome single-handedly.
The final score was Barcelona 2, Alaves 1, with Lewandowski scoring both goals for Barcelona.
Current Standing of Both Teams
Following this match, Barcelona remains four points behind league leaders Girona, with a total of 27 points. Alaves, on the other hand, is positioned 14th in the league standings. This victory was crucial for Barcelona to stay in contention in the La Liga title race, especially with Real Madrid and Girona ahead in points.
Barcelona’s victory over Alaves was a testament to their resilience and the individual brilliance of Lewandowski. However, the team’s overall performance raises concerns, especially with tougher challenges ahead. Xavi Hernandez will need to address these issues during the international break to ensure Barcelona remains a strong contender for the title.
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