Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side
continued their unbeaten start to the LaLiga Santander campaign with
a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid, with Ousmane Dembele continuing
his fine run of individual form.
Prior to kick-off, there were concerns about the playing surface
at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, which had only been laid on Thursday.
It quickly became apparent that the pitch wasn’t fit for use at
the top level, and it took less than five minutes of play for tufts of grass
to become dislodged.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen was clearly livid as his goal-kicks saw
huge sections taken out of the pitch whilst the Blaugrana’s attacking
play was left disjointed by the unnatural roll of the ball.
Real Valladolid put in a spirited performance as the visitors
struggled to find their rhythm, with even Lionel Messi failing to play to
his usual high level.
Dembele was a constant threat, he caused problems for the
hosts and he was rewarded with a goal in the 57th minute of play.
Sergi Roberto headed the ball into the path of the former
Borussia Dortmund forward, who then duly fired the ball into the net.
Despite the laboured performance, Los Cules took three points
which keep them ahead of Atletico Madrid in the table, although they
could have conceded in second-half injury time.
Keko found the net late on, however the referee elected to
double check whether or not the scorer was offside.
VAR was utilised and it was determined that Keko was in an
offside position, much to the frustration of the home supporters, the
Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency