Araujo rescues Barça from a Royal siege
Xavi’s men win in the 93rd minute after suffering at the Reale Arena
MADRID, Nov. 4 (.) –
FC Barcelona beat Real Sociedad (0-1) this Saturday with a goal from Ronald Araujo in the 93rd minute, three points to continue in the fight for the leadership of LaLiga EA Sports on matchday 12, after suffering for a long time. part of the match against a rival who deserved more in front of their audience at the Reale Arena.
The Uruguayan central defender sent a measured center from Gündogan into the net, under Remiro’s legs, which had to be reviewed by the VAR. The goal silenced the Basque fiefdom, after seeing their team superior to Barça. Xavi Hernández’s team suffered a lot and barely had a few minutes of control at the end of each half, when the local fuel declined. In stoppage time it was lethal for Real.
Xavi’s team also emerged successful from a ‘txuri-urdin’ first half, 45 minutes into the game on Barça’s field, unable to make two passes in a row with the suffocating pressure of the home team. In three minutes from the opening whistle, Ter Stegen made two worthy saves: Barrenetxea, Oyarzabal and Merino forgave.
Furthermore, Take Kubo headed down his highway every few minutes and, without a doubt, the best thing for the current champion was the 0-0 lead at half-time. Imanol Alguacil’s men also tied up Barça with the dead ball, a great sense of danger in the Japanese’s free-kick centers or corner kicks, and the visiting team was overwhelmed without respite.
The Blaugrana’s leading role went to Iñigo Martínez, whistled and insulted by the San Sebastián fans, safe behind to contain the Real’s waves as best he could. On the other hand, Joao Félix barely touched the ball, a run that did not come to fruition like a shot by Gavi in a dangerous area, or Robert Lewandowski, who appeared at the end of the first half to claim a penalty each.
Barça could only improve in their return from the locker room but they did not do it enough. Xavi surely asked for courage and the Catalan team advanced his position several meters, but the Terrassa coach did not take long to move the bench with Pedri’s return from injury. Ferran entered alongside the Canary Islander, but Real Madrid was quick to once again stalk Ter Stegen’s goal.
With Kubo as driver, the Basque team tilted the field again, with Barça losing and unable to avoid that siege. The culé team was also saved from a possible penalty by Koundé on Oyarzabal, with contact by the defender but not enough for Alberola Rojas or the VAR. Barrenetxea also tested the rival goal, seeking to break a tie that neither team could accept.
Then, Real once again gave up meters as at the end of the first half and Xavi’s men, with more artillery with Raphinha and Lamine Yamal, saw their option. Gavi had it very clear against Remiro and, in the last one, Araujo’s flight appeared to make the defeat in the Clásico forget and not let the lead slip away again. For Alguacil’s team, the cold water prevents them from making any cuts in the fight for Champions League positions.
–RESULT: REAL SOCIEDAD, 0 – FC BARCELONA, 1. (0-0, at halftime).
REAL SOCIETY: Remiro; Traoré (Elustondo, min.63), Zubeldia, Le Normand, Aihen; Brais, Zubimendi, Merino; Kubo, Oyarzabal (Carlos Fernández, min.84), Barrenetxea (Cho, min.79).
FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, Iñigo Martínez, Balde; Fermín (Ferran, min.57), Gündogan, Gavi; Cancelo (Raphinha, min.69), Lewandowski (Pedri, min.57) and Joao Félix (Lamine Yamal, min.69).
0 – 1, min.93, Aruajo.
–REFEREE: Alberola Rojas (C. Castellano-La Mancha). He cautioned Brais (min.49), Zubeldia (min.74) and Zubimendi (min.85) for Real Sociedad. And Joao Félix (min.49), Iñigo Martínez (min.60) and Gavi (min.86) at Barça.
–STADIUM: Reale Arena.