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