With Falcao’s goal (30), Valcao grabbed the three points, raising his score to 19 points in fifth place, while Barcelona’s balance froze at 15 points in ninth place, noting that Dutchman Memphis Depay missed the opportunity to tie the Catalan team by wasting a penalty kick (72).
Everyone expected that Barcelona would lose a lot of its prestige after the departure of Argentine star Lionel Messi, but that things would come to the point of losing the “Clásico” site at home for the second time in a row, and winning only four of the ten matches he has played so far in the League. The team is in crisis.
The match started with great pressure from the hosts and they had several chances in the first minutes, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen managed to tackle it.
But it was only half an hour, until Falcao was able to score the goal of progress and victory (30), after receiving Peña inside the penalty area and dodging defender Gerard Pique and a beautiful left shot to the right of Ter Stegen.
And the German goalkeeper almost gave Vaikano a second goal, after passing a ball by mistake to Issey Balasson, who shot it dangerously over the crossbar (34).
American Serginio Dest missed the opportunity to equalize for Barcelona in the 36th minute, as Depay crossed him from the left side inside the area, but he shot strangely over the crossbar.
With the beginning of the second half, Barcelona continued its attempts, as Argentine Sergio Aguero received a pass in the penalty area, but his shot hit the defenders (59).
And the match referee awarded a penalty kick in favor of Barcelona in the 72nd minute, Depay gave it a shot, so Macedonian goalkeeper Stoli Dimitrievsky starred and saved it.
Dutchman Luke de Jong missed the opportunity to equalize again for Barcelona when he was almost alone with the goalkeeper and shot it far (90 + 2).
And Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said after the loss that “not scoring goals is a problem (…) there are players who can score goals.”
“Aguero has always been a top scorer, Memphis has been scoring 15-20 goals every season for years. It’s possible that our midfield is down but I can’t blame the team,” he added.
“We struggled to enter the atmosphere of the match. The result is not fair, but it is the same and we cannot change it.”
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