Barça contributes what is essential against Celta and takes the reins

At Camp Nou, FC Barcelona, ​​runner-up to their rival from Madrid at the kick-off, received Celta de Vigo, eleventh, on behalf of matchday eight of LaLiga. Defeated on the European scene by Inter Milan (0-1) in the middle of the week, the Blaugranas wanted to continue their march forward in the league. Undefeated since the restart with six wins and a draw, the Catalans had to get rid of the Celts to do so. Lost by Betis on the last matchday, Eduardo Coudet’s men, lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, had the possibility of getting closer to the top 5. Organized in a 4-3-3 formation with an attacking trio made up of Raphinha, Lewandowski and Torres, the Catalan club quickly proved dangerous.

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Found by Alba, Ferran Torres distinguished himself for the first time, but he lacked precision in the last gesture (7th). Moments later, it was Raphinha’s turn to give the go-ahead with a nice shot from the left that set Marchesin (11th) up. Owner of the debates, Barça continued to press but neither Lewandowski, with a header (12th), nor Torres, with a new curled shot (13th), disappointed the vigilance of the last Argentine bastion. Cornered, the Vigo defense ended up, however, giving in. Served deep, Gavi saw his cross badly repelled by Unai Núñez… Opportunistic, Pedri then took advantage of this approximate intervention to finish off, at close range, from the left (1-0, 17th).

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Scandalously dominating during the first act (11 shots by Xavi’s men against only 2, deflected, by the visitors), Barça even thought of committing a penalty just before the break. In contact with Galán in the Celta area, Raphinha collapsed but the referee did not flinch (40th). Despite a last header from Piqué, the locals went ahead, without being safe. Returning from the locker room, Vigo was quick to react. Found in the box, Óscar opened his foot too wide to deceive Ter Stegen (47′). Buoyed by this first opportunity, Aspas’ teammates grew bolder and secured a new hot spot. In the penalty area, Óscar, very active, was however countered, in extremis, by a decisive Alonso (56th).

Pushed, the blaugranas brought new blood at game time: De Jong, Dembélé and Fati replaced Pedri, Raphinha and Torres but the Catalan team continued to scare each other. In a goal by Galán, repelled by the Barcelona goalkeeper, Jörgen Strand Larsen thought of equalizing but was eventually flagged, rightly so, in an offside position (69th). In the last quarter of an hour, Barça, author of a generally disappointing second half, maintained their slight advantage, despite strong pressure from Vigo, like these last big occasions (84th, 90+4th). With this brief but precious victory, FC Barcelona remains undefeated in the League and regains the lead in the championship thanks to a better goal difference than Real Madrid. Before receiving Real Sociedad on matchday nine, Celta de Vigo moved up to tenth place.

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The official line-ups at kick-off

F.C. Barcelona XI

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