No matter how you slice it…Barcelona suffer 1-3 ‘shock loss’ to ‘relegation zone’ Valladolid
Barcelona suffered a shock loss.
Barcelona lost 1-3 to Real Valladolid in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish La Liga at the Estadio José Sorolla in Valladolid, Spain, at 5 a.m. ET on Thursday. Barcelona, who clinched the title early, remained unchanged in the standings, while Valladolid, with three points, moved up to 17th in the league.
The home team used a 4-3-3 formation. Mascherano, Larin, Plata, Aguado, Mesa, Plano, Olaza, Sanchez, Fernandez, and Fresneda started, with Masip in goal.
The visitors, Barcelona, also lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with some rotation. Torre Carral, Lewandowski, Hapinha, Gabi, Garcia, De Jong, Valdez, Alonso, Christensen, and Roberto took the field with Thierry Henry in goal 토토사이트.
Barcelona scored an own goal early on. In the second minute of the first half, Marchis sent a cross into the box from the flank, but Christensen’s attempted header ended up in the Barcelona goal. Barcelona immediately counterattacked to make amends for their mistake, but Valladolid’s goal was not going to be easy to open. In the 14th minute, Hapinha’s shot was blocked, and in the 15th minute, an offside call cost Barcelona. Valladolid made an early substitution in the 16th minute, replacing Fernandez with Ortiz.
Barcelona conceded again. In the 22nd minute, Larin converted a penalty kick to widen the gap. Barcelona tried to pull a goal back in the 24th minute with a header from Hapinha, but it was unsuccessful. Barcelona then threatened Valladolid with set pieces, including corners and free kicks, but Valladolid’s goalkeeper was up to the task and the first half remained scoreless. The first half ended with Valladolid leading 2-0.
Barcelona made more substitutions at the start of the second half. Thierry Henry and Roberto came off and Kessie and Peña came on, but Barcelona’s offense in the second half was just as frustrating. Barcelona’s buildups were blocked by Valladolid players. Valladolid took off Mesa and Olazá in the 12th minute and brought on Escudero and Monchu.
It was Valladolid who created the better chances. In the 15th minute, Plata’s cross into the box hit the post. If it had been caught by the onrushing Larin, it could have been a goal. Sensing danger, Barcelona made a flurry of substitutions, bringing on Hapinha and Torre Carral for Torres and Dembele. Valladolid shored up their defense by replacing Marchis with Rosa.
Valladolid drove a wedge. In the 28th minute, Larin broke through the defense and laid the ball off to an incoming Platé on the other side, who rattled the net with a calm shot. Offside was called, but the goal was upheld after VAR. Barcelona brought on Pati for Gabi at the end of the first half to push the attack forward.
Barcelona pulled a goal back. In the 29th minute, Lewandowski scored his second goal of the game after receiving a pass from Dzur, beating the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. Barcelona continued to pound away in the closing stages of the match, but were unable to add another goal. The match ended in a 1-3 loss for Barcelona.