An impressive Barcelona team beat Celta Vigo 3-2 in the match of the sixth day of the Spanish League, at the end of an extraordinary comeback in the final minutes. Yes, because the visitors played a fantastic game for at least 75 minutes: Benitez’s team took a 2-0 lead away from home and put Lewandowski and his teammates in a big trap. Xavi’s squad has huge possessions as usual, but they can’t find a way forward. But in the final, thanks once again to the Polish striker, the hosts burst forth and turned the game on its head in eight minutes.
A very difficult victory for the Catalans, perhaps even undeserved. But what matters is the three points arrived that allow them to temporarily jump to the top of La Liga and, together with surprising Girona and waiting for Real Madrid, on stage tomorrow in the derby against Atletico. But let’s put things in order and see what happened on the field.
A strange first half in Catalonia. Barcelona enjoy possession and plenty of play, but it is the visitors who take the lead after a few minutes through Strand Larsen and come close to doubling the lead on several occasions towards the end of the first half. For Xavi’s side, Lewandowski and Ferran’s first half was an unknown, while Joao Felix tried to create something on the left wing. Even in the second half, the hosts kept possession, but Celta were dangerous with Aspas, Bamba and Mingueza. Lots of changes, especially for Xavi and Barcelona’s awakening. Ferran Torres had two great chances to equalize but wasted both sensationally. Thus, Celta doubled their lead with new substitute Dovikas, who was brilliantly served by Iago Aspas.
It seemed to be the goal that ended the match. Instead, this was the slap needed to unleash Lewandowski. The Polish reduced the gap one minute later in the 81st minute and raised the morale of all his teammates. Barcelona moved forward and Lewa scored the equalizer again in the 85th minute. Celta left the field and three minutes later Joao Cancelo found the ball after an assist from Javi, ending the final match 3-2. An exciting celebration in Barcelona, with a crazy comeback in eight minutes.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Joao Cancelo, Marcos Alonso (from 46′ Yamal), Kounde, Christensen (from 61′ Balde); Oriol Romeu (from 46′ Araujo), Gundogan, Frenkie de Jong (from 36′ Gavi); Ferran Torres (Rafinha from the 71st minute), Joao Felix, Lewandowski.
Celta Vigo: Ivan Villar; Mingueza, Unai Nunez, Starfelt, Carlos Dominguez, Ristic; De la Torre, Fran Beltran, Bamba (from 94 minutes); Iago Aspas (from 77′ Swedberg), Strand Larsen (from 65′ Dovikas).
Goal: Strand-Larsen (c), Dovikas (c), Lewandowski (b), Lewandowski (b), Cancelo (b),
Helps: De La Torre (M), Iago Aspas (M), Joao Felix (M), Cancelo (M), Javi (M),
warning: Christensen (b), Jaffe (b), Unai Nunez (c),
News in 12 minutes
17′ Ter Stegen saves Aspas! Barcelona leads, but it is the visitors who score from the beginning of the second half. A great first move for Celta, the striker closed it with his left foot from a good position in the penalty area: Ter Stegen puts his hand into the goal and the ball goes into the corner.
19′ Celta Vigo striker: Guests attack and pass! From the corner, the ball is in the middle, but the defense sweeps, but on the counter, Celta recovers the ball, and De La Torre slides into Strand Larsen, who makes no mistakes in front of the goalkeeper.
23′ Joao Felix’s shot is high: Barcelona penetrates through the middle and sends Gundogan on the left to the Portuguese, who enters the area and shoots towards the goal, but he shoots.
41′ Celta is close to achieving the double: a cross from the right side from Mingueza reaches Larsen’s header, who heads well towards the goal, but Ter Stegen blocks it with his hand. De La Torre reaches in on the rebound and puts it high from a good position.
54′ Mingueza tries to shoot: Another good counter-attack from Celta with the full-back running forward sent by Bamba, but he shoots in the penalty area at Ter Stegen, who blocks it.
64′ Incredible error by Ferran Torres: A beautiful exchange between Gundogan and Joao Felix, the ball goes to the striker who runs quickly in the open field, but in front of the goalkeeper he puts it away dramatically.
66′ Ferran Torres again: Nice quick movement by the Spaniard who creates a triangle with his teammate and tries a diagonal shot in the area. On the outside of the network.
70′ Ter Stegen on Bamba: Another great save from the goalkeeper on a surprise left-foot shot from Bamba, who did well to be ready in the middle of the area.
77′ Celta doubles the play: A wonderful counter-attack for the visitors, with Bamba advancing and sending Aspas, who passes from the center of the area, a wonderful through ball to Dovikas, who makes no mistakes in front of the goalkeeper.
80′ Lewandowski cuts the gap: A direct ball inside from Joao Felix to the Pole, who passed the goalkeeper with a wonderful shot.
85′ Lewandowski againBarcelona is ahead and a draw is coming! Felix passed a pass to Cancelo, who fired a low shot down the middle for Lewandowski, who made no mistake.
89′ Gancelo turns the game around again: A cross from Gavi to Cancelo’s pass, who placed it with his right foot!!! Incredible comeback!
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Robert Lewandowski: He seemed absent, and in the end his paws were decisive in waking up his team and achieving a great comeback.
Carlos Dominguez: He is the one who loses to Cancelo, whether on the occasion of the equalizer for Lewa or the winning goal for the Portuguese. Decisive in the negative sense.
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