La Liga
25 August 2018
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57' O. Dembélé (G) (assist by: Sergi Roberto)


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Barcelona secure their second win on the bounce to start the season, but by the skin of their teeth. Ernesto Valverde's men were forced to battle for 93 minutes to notch the victory. Ousmane Dembele's strike was the difference between the two teams, although Keko could have levelled in the dying stages, only to be denied by VAR for offside. The forward strayed a millimetre beyond Gerard Pique - the final defender - as he converted from close range. It proved to be so costly as Valladolid were denied a share of the spoils. The Catalan club managed to grind out the result, which will delight their manager.
90'+1 Suarez is withdrawn for Munir for the final minutes.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
WIDE! Patient build-up from Valladolid allows Alcaraz to raid into space before shooting from distance, but he pulls his effort wide of the target. Not the best strike from 25 yards.
SAVE! Vidal flicks the ball into the path of Malcom down the left inside channel. The Brazilian goes for the blast from the tight angle. Masip makes a solid save and holds the ball in the process. The home side are still alive in the game.
89' Nacho sends a long ball over the top and it almost allows Cop to break in behind as Pique misjudges the flight. Ter Stegen bails out his team-mate, gathering ahead of the Valladolid striker.
87' Toni Villa makes way for Verde for the home side.
86' Keko is guilty of handball on the right flank and he hands Barcelona a free-kick in a dangerous position. Messi's free-kick from the wing is cleared by the home side, who are running out of time to get back into the contest,
84' Coutinho is replaced by Malcom for the closing stages of the contest.
81' SAVE! Toni Villa sends a cross into the box from a corner on the left. Olivas rises to head at goal in the area, but he directs a tame effort straight at Ter Stegen.
79' Barcelona have been far from their best this evening, but they can still hold out for a solid win. It's a test of their resolve to see out the three points in a hostile environment.
77' CHANCE! Valladolid press down the left and Cop sends a brilliant cross into the box for Keko to attack. He has a free header to guide towards the target, but he heads straight at Ter Stegen, who makes a comfortable save. Keko knows that was a golden opportunity.
76' Vidal replaces Dembele for the visitors.
74' Oscar Plano makes a surge down the left and he goes for power with a low cross, but Umtiti hammers the ball out of play for a corner. Valladolid still have belief of forcing a result.
72' Toni Villa is released down the left flank by a good pass from Calero. The forward sends a fine delivery to the back post for Cop to attack, but Pique is well placed with a clearing header.
70' Unal has played well on his debut, but now makes way for Duje Cop.
Barca hold their ground from the two deliveries into the box from the resulting set-pieces. It has been a battle from the off this evening for the Catalan club.
69' Toni Villa attempts to unlock the Barca defence in the final third, but Busquets is in the right place to make the intervention to send the ball out for a corner.
67' Valladolid are still in the game as complete control has evaded Barca this evening. Valverde will be hoping that his side can snatch the second goal to kill off the contest.
65' Messi tries to weave his way through the Valladolid defence, but he tries to do too much in the final third and gets closed down. Suarez's movement was not the best in support of his skipper.
64' Fernandez is withdrawn for Keko for the home side.
62' Valladolid build a promising move as Fernandez sends the ball out wide for Toni Villa. The forward fires a low ball into the middle, but Ter Stegen is alert to gather the loose ball.
60' Pique chops down Oscar Plano on the charge and goes into the book.
58' Barca open the scoring out of nowhere. It had been an even start to the second half, but the reigning champions have the lead.
57' Sergi Roberto does brilliantly on the right flank to head the ball back from the byline to set up Dembele for the opening goal.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DEMBELE PUTS BARCA AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!! The Frenchman strokes the ball into the bottom corner from close range. A long ball over the top from Suarez played Sergi Roberto in down the right. He was forced to leap to head it back across the face of goal. Dembele was in the right place at the right time, placing his effort past Masip into the net. There was a slight moment of confusion as to if Sergi Roberto kept the ball in play when he made contact with his header on the byline, but the Spaniard did brilliantly to tee up his team-mate to score.
55' The home side are being combative across the pitch to prevent Barca from finding a rhythm in the second half.
53' Unal wins a corner for the home side down the left flank. From the resulting corner from Oscar Plano, Ter Stegen comes off his line to ease the pressure on his defence, punching clear of danger.
51' Valladolid continue to be up for the challenge in the second half. They're not backing down from the reigning champions.
49' Unal catches Busquets with a late boot and he goes into the book. The first man cautioned this evening.
Valladolid struggle to clear their lines on the right flank. Dembele pounces on the loose ball and fires towards goal, but he drills his effort straight at Masip.
47' WIDE! Toni Villa slides a pass back to Unal in the left inside channel. He curls a shot towards the bottom corner, but he doesn't quite connect with his strike, which goes wide of the post.
Rakitic sends a deep cross to the back post. He doesn't get his delivery right, but is awkwardly on target for Masip. It bounces on the roof of the net, much to the relief of the Valladolid keeper.
46' We're back underway in this LaLiga clash.
Ernesto Valverde will be concerned by his side's display in the final third, although it has not been helped by the pitch. On the other sideline, Valladolid have not been afraid to express themselves, although it has been manic at times in their own box. You have to wonder how long they can hold out against Barca's pressing.
It's goalless at the break between Real Valladolid and Barcelona. The reigning champions have been frustrated by the newly-promoted side's resilience at the back. Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have gone close for the Catalan club, but have failed to hit the back of the net due to a combination of poor finishing and Jordi Masip. At the other end, Enes Unal had the home side's best opening, but he was denied by a sharp save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
43' OVER! Messi goes for goal from the free-kick, but he lifts his effort over the bar. A rare miscue from the Barca forward.
42' Alcaraz brings down Messi on the charge on the edge of the box. The referee keeps his cards in his pocket, but this is a real opportunity for the Argentine.
40' Messi controls the ball with his hand in the box from Sergi Roberto's cross. He escapes a booking for a deliberate handball. A touch of frustration perhaps...
39' Valverde does not look thrilled by the condition of the pitch as he shouts instructions to his players on the pitch.
37' Messi is the next Barca player to be frustrated as he surges into the box and pulls the ball across the face of goal, but there's no team-mate there to convert.
36' Dembele raids down the left flank and twists and turns his man to open up room for a cross. Umtiti attacks the delivery at the back post, but Calero rises highest to clear the danger with authority.
35' SAVE! Coutinho lines up a strike from the edge of the box towards the bottom corner. The Brazilian's effort is heading into the back of the net before Masip gets down to push the ball past the post.
34' Alba and Dembele combine down the left flank with a neat one-two, but Moyano covers back to block the full-back's cross.
33' SAVE! Coutinho cuts open the Valladolid defence with a throughball for Suarez. He only has Masip to beat, but the keeper spreads himself to make the vital block.
32' Messi turns the ball round the corner for Dembele's run. The Frenchman has Suarez in the middle unmarked, only to send his cross over the head of the Uruguayan in the middle. Suarez has his head in his hands. He knows that was a chance.
31' SAVE! Unal heads towards goal from a free-kick, but is denied by a brilliant save from Ter Stegen. The striker fouled Pique in the build-up and a free-kick was awarded, but the Barca keeper did not know that.
30' Unal finds space on the right flank and he tries to pick out Toni Villa at the back post, but Pique reads the danger to clear over his own bar.
29' Oscar Plano makes a run down the left flank and he tries to steer the ball towards his support in the box. However, there are enough Barca shirts back to defend the cross.
28' Coutinho breaks into space on the left side of the penalty area, and again his final ball is not quite on the spot, playing it away from Suarez.
27' Coutinho slides a pass down the left inside channel for Dembele. The ball bounces awkwardly off the surface before Moyano clears away for a throw-in.
26' Toni Villa almost works the ball through to Unal in the final third, only to be denied by Alba, who covers across before bringing play back upfield for Barca.
24' Moyano gets caught in two minds, but he manages to recover to stop Dembele down the left flank, steering the ball behind for a corner.
23' Messi looks to work the ball to Rakitic in the final third, but the home side flood enough men back behind the ball to stymie the attack.
22' WIDE! Barcelona work the ball down the left as Alba cuts a pass back to Dembele on the edge of the box. He goes for the strike on his right foot, but he pulls his effort past the post.
20' The pitch in the Jose Zorrilla is a concern for the visitors. It's cutting up very easily and a few players are already struggling with their footing.
18' Coutinho looks for the run of Sergi Roberto over the top, but the two players are not on the same page and the ball travels out for a goal-kick.
17' SAVE! Messi releases Alba over the top with a delightful lofted pass. However, Masip is off his line sharpish and smothers the angle before the full-back can shape to shoot.
15' Valladolid break with numbers down the left. Toni Villa sends a good cross into the box, but no player from the home side can make contact. Fernandez latches on to the loose ball 25 yards from goal and hammers his effort towards goal, but Ter Stegen makes a comfortable stop.
14' Messi attempts to probe down the right flank, but Nacho makes a fine tackle to stop the Argentine's progress.
13' Coutinho scuffs his corner straight out for a goal-kick. He has a look at the turf in disgust.
12' Alba raids down the left flank and he sends delivery into the box. Calero tries to guide the ball back to his keeper, but he's slight off target and a corner is conceded by the home side.
10' Sergi Roberto has a raid down the right flank and he works the ball towards Suarez, but a challenge by Calero forces the ball out for a corner.
8' SAVE! Unal latches on to an incisive throughball from Toni Villa and he breaks into the left inside channel. The forward goes for the first-time strike towards the top corner, forcing Ter Stegen into a fine save, turning the ball over the bar.
6' Toni Villa makes a surge down the right before spreading the ball to Anwar. He fires the ball low into the box, but Ter Stegen is alert and gathers the delivery at his near post.
4' OVER! Dembele raids down the left flank and breaks past one challenge before firing at goal from a tight angle. However, he crashes his effort well over the bar.
2' Unal tries to thread a pass through to Oscar Plano, but his offload is just off target and goes through into the arms of Ter Stegen.
1' We're underway in this LaLiga clash.
Barcelona have made one change from their win over Alaves. Coutinho starts the game from the off, replacing Semedo, who drops to the bench. As a result, Sergi Roberto shifts into right-back.
New signing Enes Unal comes straight into the side following his loan move from Villarreal. He leads the line, replacing Chris Ramos from the draw against Girona. Oscar Plano also comes into the team from the goalless draw to support Unal in attack.
Barcelona subs: Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Malcom, Clement Lenglet, Munir El Haddadi, Arturo Vidal, Jokin Ezkieta.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho; Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.
Real Valladolid subs: Daniele Verde, Antonito, Duje Cop, Michel, Keko, Samuel Perez, Mohammed Salisu.
REAL VALLADOLID (4-2-3-1): Jordi Masip; Javi Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Fernando Calero, Nacho; Borja Fernandez, Ruben Alcaraz; Anuar Mohamed, Oscar Plano, Toni Villa; Enes Unal.
Let's take a look at the two teams this evening, starting with the hosts.
Valladolid played out a goalless draw in their opener against Girona on their return to LaLiga. The club were promoted via the Segunda Division playoffs last term and will face their first test of the campaign hosting Barca this evening. Manager Sergio Gonzalez will be looking for character from his players amid the ultimate challenge of Messi and company.
The reigning champions got off the mark with a victory in their opening match of the season against Alaves. A brace from Lionel Messi and a strike from Philippe Coutinho secured a comfortable victory for Ernesto Valverde's men. They will be looking to back up their performance with another win this evening on the road.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Real Valladolid and Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla.


Jordi Masip
M. ter Stegen
Kiko Olivas
I. Rakitić
Fernando Calero
Sergio Busquets
Philippe Coutinho
Borja Fernández
E. Ünal
L. Suárez
Óscar Plano
L. Messi
O. Dembélé
Rubén Alcaraz
Javi Moyano
Jordi Alba
Toni Suárez
Sergi Roberto
Nacho Martínez
S. Umtiti
Anuar Tuhami

Additional info

Pau Cebrián
Fourth official
Jon González

Match Stats

Real Valladolid Barcelona
33 Attacks (Dangerous) 44
6 Corners 10
10 Fouls 9
12 Free Kicks 15
12 Goal Kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
0 Shots (blocked) 0
3 Shots (off target) 4
5 Shots (on target) 4
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
10 Throw Ins 23

Regular Season

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Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla