LaLiga: Barcelona edge nearer to high spot after Ousmane Dembele’s late winner in opposition to Actual Valladolid

LaLiga: Barcelona edge nearer to high spot after Ousmane Dembele’s late winner in opposition to Actual Valladolid

Victory makes it six in a row for them in LaLiga, one other win – notably after an unconvincing efficiency – enhancing the sense that momentum now lies with Atletico’s rivals.

LaLiga: Barcelona edge closer to top spot after Ousmane Dembele's late winner against Real Valladolid

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele celebrates along with his teammates after scoring in opposition to Valladolid CF. AP

Madrid: Ousmane Dembele volleyed in a Ninetieth-minute winner in opposition to Actual Valladolid on Monday to fireside Barcelona to inside some extent of Atletico Madrid forward of subsequent weekend’s Clasico in LaLiga.

Barca seemed set for a dangerous stalemate at Camp Nou after Atletico’s defeat by Sevilla on Saturday however Valladolid had Oscar Plano harshly despatched off with 12 minutes left and Dembele snatched a 1-0 victory.

His strike might show a vital second within the Spanish title race, with Barca now respiration down Atletico’s necks forward of Saturday’s assembly with Actual Madrid, who’re three factors off the highest.

If Ronald Koeman’s males win at Valdebebas, they are going to declare first place for twenty-four hours at the very least, earlier than a depleted and deflated Atletico play away at Actual Betis on Sunday.

They must play higher after being pissed off by a decided Valladolid facet, with Lionel Messi delivering some agency phrases to his team-mates within the tunnel at half-time.

“Now we have to step it up a gear, now we have to play with extra rhythm,” Messi stated. “If not it should get difficult for us.”

It may need been extra difficult had Plano not been proven a purple card within the 78th minute, his hack on Dembele from behind giving Barca a vital benefit for the ultimate levels.

“We struggled within the first half, to create scoring alternatives in assault, and likewise on the again, our urgent was not excellent,” stated Koeman. “I noticed a Barca that was just a little gradual, drained, we didn’t have management of the sport.

“Within the second half now we have improved. Now we have proven that with out taking part in effectively, we’re able to profitable video games.”

Victory makes it six in a row for them in LaLiga, one other win – notably after an unconvincing efficiency – enhancing the sense that momentum now lies with Atletico’s rivals.

Defeat additionally compounded what Valladolid coach Sergio admitted on Sunday had already been a “sh**ty week” after 5 of his gamers examined optimistic for COVID-19 , leaving him with out 12 gamers, with six others injured and yet one more suspended.

To mark Messi breaking Xavi Hernandez’s look file for the membership, he was offered with a framed shirt earlier than kick-off, which he accepted along with his household on the pitch. Messi handed Xavi’s earlier file of 767 appearances final month, with this his 769th.

Valladolid weren’t simply in a position to compete within the first half, they had been most likely the higher facet and will have led when Kenan Kodro’s early header struck the bar.

Dembele broke by means of and dragged again for Messi, whose shot was blocked, whereas Pedri’s long-range effort fizzed by means of and got here again off the publish.

However Barcelona had been flat, their passing predictable and there was concern in Messi’s voice when he informed his team-mates to discover a totally different gear within the second half.

Valladolid had been nearly undone by a Messi by means of ball for Dembele, who held his run however couldn’t end earlier than the leaping Antoine Griezmann headed the rebound large.

Barcelona seemed extra harmful on the break than in possession and so they had been fortunate to flee a penalty when Oscar Plano poked the ball onto the outstetched hand of Jordi Alba.

Koeman made three adjustments shortly after, Martin Braithwaite, Francisco Trincao and Ronald Araujo changing Griezmann, Sergio Busquets and Oscar Mingueza.

However Barca’s largest enhance got here 12 minutes from the tip, when Plano was despatched off for chasing Dembele again and tripping the Frenchman from behind. A yellow card appeared the extra apparent choice.

Trincao went shut and the winner got here within the final minute as Frenkie de Jong’s cross was flicked to the again publish by Ronald Aruajo. Dembele was free and lashed into the nook.

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