Barcelona

the double turning point

It was not the match rehearsed by Xavi On the blackboard, neither the one imagined in his office after reading the rival’s reports nor even the dream, but the victory against Villarreal is shining gold. Barça went back to thrashing when the situation was most critical and it was one step away from wasting all three points. The both of Frenkie de Jong seemed the only turning point of a new stage but it was not until Memphis He scored on the edge of the abyss when the magnitude of success could be seen. The first away win!

Of the De Jong headline, Frenkie, because of Luuk little is known, the general’s stripes were expected at last. From inside left, he knew how to take a step forward, getting closer to the area and forgetting that role that was more defensive than offensive. Koeman seemed to condemn him. His first goal of the season came with suspense and he did not celebrate until the VAR validated it. Three minutes after the resumption of the game, after reaching the break at zero and in the first clear action, a cross from the right of Abde Alba finished it off with a shot that turned into a center that Memphis touched gently, hitting the ball into the body of Rulli, So what De Jong turned to empty door. La Cerámica claimed offside, a request rejected by the referees throwing lines.

It was the first goal for the Dutch midfielder so far this season, and that came from playing 15 games. A goal from a second-line player, as he insistently claimed Xavi, although the profile was of a center forward. Last year he had scored 7 goals but for 7 months he had not seen the door, since the Copa del Rey final on April 17 in the 0-4 against Athletic.

And appeared Memphis. when the party fell dangerously on the side of Villarreal. Unbalancing at the right time, on the ledge of the abyss. The forward solved at the critical moment, away from home as he already did in San Mamés. It was the 88th minute when Barça was having the worst time. A long ball with a bad rebound from a defender caught him Memphis, cutting the goalkeeper and sending him to the back of the net between the legs of Stupiñán.

The eighth goal in the First Division after 14 games played, in which he has started all of them. All in the League and three of them from penalties. He is on a roll because he saw the door against Celta, Espanyol and Alavés. It is two goals behind the Pichichi Benzema (10).

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