Barça saved by its captain


By: Manu Tournoux

Hanging on by Almeria, FC Barcelona beat Almeria at the end of the match thanks to a second goal from Sergi Roberto (3-2), Wednesday evening in La Liga. Phew of relief for the Blaugrana, who are six points behind Girona.

Beaten by Girona, the surprise leader, then hung by Valencia last weekend, FC Barcelona ended the year 2023 with a snatched victory against Almeria (3-2), Wednesday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic, for the account of the 18th day of La Liga. The Blaugranas limit the damage, they are third at the break with for the moment four and six points less than Real Madrid and Girona, who play on Thursday.

Xavi’s players were caught twice by the bottom of the championship. After goals from Raphinha (33rd) and Sergi Roberto (60th), Leo Baptistao equalized for the first time (41st) and Edgar Gonzalez took advantage of a collusion between Iñaki Peña and Ronald Araujo to shower the Barcelona public in the middle of the second half (71st). A rather awkward goal conceded for Marc-André ter Stegen’s understudy…

10 minutes from the end, it was finally the FCB captain, Sergi Roberto, who gave the victory to his team, scoring a nice double on a delivery from Robert Lewandowski (83rd). The Polish striker did not score his ninth goal in the league, but, generous throughout the match, he was therefore decisive.

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