Dancing without the Catalan Robert Lewandowski giants Barcelona just About managed to put it on a show At Atlético de Madrid, he overcame absences of It star attacker to emerge victorious with Score 1-0 and open the three-point cushion over Arch-rival Real Madrid in Spanish league on Sunday.
Madrid had lost 2-1 in Villarreal on Saturday for It second league Loss of the classroom. Atlético dropped to fifth placeand see a gap to lead up to 14 points.
“we made Barcelona statement coach Xavi said. “We showed that we are true title candidates.
Ousmane Dembele scored in the first half Barcelona hold on for It first league win of the year. Dembele scored with Low shot from close range range Post preparation by Gavi Paez in Minute 22.
“We knew it would be difficult to do win Here, but after losing Madrid points against Villarreal, we had to take advantage of Chance Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets said. “We have to keep adding points On the top.”
Barcelona was without Lewandowski league’s leading scorer with 13 goals because the Polish striker started to serve a three-game suspension before the World Cup break. he had faced Late Espanyol last year After the suspension was temporarily lifted, but this week it was reinstated to prevent it from being suspended playing.
Xavi started with Ansu Fati in Lewandowski’s position. Fatty came off the bench to score the win goal in extra time and help Barcelona escape Removal against Third-division club between cities in King’s Cup in the middle of the week.
“It was important to win without robert, who he key player for usXavi said.
Striker Antoine Griezmann had a couple of good opportunities to achieve parity for Atletico but could not take advantage on them at the Metropolitano stadium in Spanish capital. for him best came in Injured time with Shot by Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo just in Before of the goal Line.
“We played well for bone of the matchAtletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak said. “We created chances, but we were a bit unlucky. We could have scored some goals timesbut the ball just I did not go in. “
Atletico defender Stefan Savic and Barcelona forward Ferran Torres has been sent off in Injury time after getting into a fight with each other.
It was for Barcelona first league win At Atlético since 2019.
Barcelona will now travel to Saudi Arabia play in Spanish Super Cup along with Madrid, Real Betis and Valencia. Catalan club Takes on Defending Betis King’s Cup champions on Thursday in one of the semifinals. Madrid and Valencia play in The other semi-final on Wednesday.
Sociedad near the top
Real Sociedad continued its activity good run By winning 2-0 at Almería Stadium to stay in Third place.
David Silva and Alexander Sorloth scored a goal Eat early in the second half to give Basque country club Her sixth victory in Row in All competitions.
Sociedad six points behind second-place Madrid and nine behind Barcelona. Almeria that was won four in row in home in the leaguedropped to 14 place.
Bettis stays close
Betis won 2-1 at Rayo Vallecano to end their triple-game winless streak in the league I stay four points behind Sociedad in the fourth place.
It was the third in a row league match without a win for Rayo Vallecano, who remained eighth.
satisfaction for Seville
Sevilla beat Getafe 2-1 home to finish a six-game Winless streak in the league to move out of landing area. was not won Since the 1-0 win over Mallorca in October.
Marcos Acuna and Rafa Mir scored a goal for Seville, while Borja Mayoral netted for Thirteenth-place Getafe.