Barcelona – Barcelona striker Osman Dembele scored in overtime to lead the hosts to a key 1-0 victory over Valladolid in the Spanish Premier League, reducing the gap to leading Atlético Madrid by one point.
Valladolid played in a disciplined and daring performance at the same time and could have taken the lead early when Kenan Kudrow headed the crossbar, while Rocky Mesa had two dangerous chances in front of goal from outside the penalty area without taking advantage of them.
Barcelona came close to receiving the net before the first half, when former goalkeeper Jordi Masip blocked Pedri’s shot before the ball hit the post.
The goalkeeper also thwarted Dembley’s attempt in the second half and then stood watching Antoine Griezmann with his head next to the post.
Barcelona profited by ousting Oscar Plan from Valladolid in the 79th minute due to an intervention against Dembele and finally managed to score through the French striker when he received a stray ball with a left-footed shot towards the closer corner of the goal.
The visiting team protested against the red card, and before that the team asked for a penalty kick in the second half because of the handball player of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. But the judge ruled that the touch was not intentional, after reviewing the VAR.
With this sixth consecutive victory, Ronaldo Koeman’s team rose to 65 points, two points behind third-placed Real Madrid and one point behind Atletico, who lost 1-0 to Sevilla on Sunday.
Barcelona will play Real Madrid next Saturday and will have a chance to lead the league before Atlético play Real Betis a day later.
“My feeling from the bench was that we always had the opportunity to win the game to the end. The players proved until the last minute that they have faith in winning,” said Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.
“Sometimes a team really has to suffer before winning, and that’s also good. Competing in the Spanish league is about suffering,” he added.
* Honor to Dembele
The Dutch coach praised the player Dembele, who was tormented by injuries and criticized him for indiscipline at the beginning of his career in Barcelona, but he is showing his best form this season.
“It’s important for him to be on top of his game and he gives us a lot when we face competitors,” Koeman said.
“He can take all the positions in the first line. We can play in different ways when he’s there and he scored the goal we needed today.”
“This shows how tough the league is and we have to fight in every game to win,” added Barcelona defender Climo Lenglet.
“We faced a great team that played hard and it was a really tough game, but we won an important victory and this series was achieved with painstaking efforts after a period when things did not go smoothly earlier in the season, but the situation has improved now,” he added. is.
Valladolid goalkeeper Macip said his team is leaving Camp Nou at the same time with a bitter-sweet taste, expressing happiness with the effect but with a sense of injustice due to the loss of points, especially after Plano was ruled out.
“It’s really a shame that all that hard work is lost because of one position.”