Barcelona ends the year with a 1-1 draw with Espanyol
Clash action that Barcelona made against Espanyol
Barcelona stumbled He played in his first game after the seven-week World Cup break, drawing 1-1 against Espanyol on Saturday, in a spicy Catalan derby that ended in a 1-0 draw. with players sent off from both teams in the final minutes.
The blaugranas dominated the Spanish League game with pleasure after defender Marcos Alonso's headed goal after four minutes. But the hosts' complacency and Espanyol's staunch defense allowed attacker Joselu Mata to equalize by converting a penalty in the 73rd minute after being stepped on by Alonso inside the box.
The match had a heated final stretch. The referee Antonio Mateu took out the ball. a second yellow to Barça winger Jordi Alba for claiming at 78 and parakeet midfielder Vinicius Souza after committing a foul at 80. Mateu cleared the ball. a red card to Leandro Cabrera, Uruguayan defender of Espanyol, after resorting to VAR at 82. In total, each team saw six yellow cards and one red card.
Mateu established the He set a record in the recent World Cup in Qatar by showing 17 yellow cards in the match that Argentina beat him. They beat the Netherlands on penalties in the quarterfinals.
After 15 of the 38 days, Barça will close the game. He spent the year at the top of the championship, ahead of Real Madrid thanks to a better goal difference. But giving up points at home against an opponent just one point above the relegation zone was not in coach Xavi Hernández's plans.
“We can talk about the referee and many things but the draw is our fault,” said Xavi. “We have not sentenced the game.
“You leave angry because you think it was unfair. But playing better than the opponent, you don't win”, he added. “Today we missed two points and I get mad at myself for the first one, and the players get mad at them”.
A day before, Madrid defeated Madrid. away 2-0 to Valladolid.
The Catalan derby at the Camp Nou was involved in controversy after Barça managed to win. On Friday, a precautionary measure was issued by the Central Court of Litigation in Madrid so that his striker Robert Lewandowski could play, after being sent off in the last game against Osasuna before the break for the World Cup.
The Polish star saw two yellow cards and received a penalty. He received a three-match penalty for signaling to the referee. After all the sports authorities did not revoke the ruling, the Barça team appealed against the ruling. The request was made to the ordinary courts for a new review of the number of sanction duels.
Espanyol — What was left? in 16th position with 13 units — he protested the measure in favor of Lewandowski. He did not send management representation at the Camp Nou, stating that the measure was unfair, since the day had begun when the decision was announced. this resource of Spanish justice.
Alonso made his debut in the Spanish court. He was the top scorer in the championship after finding himself with a couple of headed rebounds after a corner kick, which he took advantage of. to send his headbutt to the networks.
The reaction of the visitors reached the media. until the complement in one of the few incursions of him into the area, when Joselu received a gift. a filtered pass that, when trying to finish off, was hampered by Alonso's stomp, with which the referee scored the ball. penalty.