Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele took Real Valladolid an important 1-0 victory at home, pulling Catalonia’s side one point ahead of Liga leader Atletico Madrid.
Valladolid produced a disciplined but bold performance that allowed him to take the lead early when Kenan Kodro headed for the bar.
Barça approached the goal shortly before half-time when former goalkeeper Jordi Masip struck a post from Pedri. The keeper stopped Dembele in the second half and was relieved to watch when Antoine Griezmann led the rebound significantly.
Barcelona reached out to help when Valladolid’s Oscar Plano was shown a bright red card with a tackle from behind Dembele in the 79th minute. In the first half of the second half, when the ball hit the hand of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba, a visitor who complained of a penalty violently protested the sending. However, the referee decided that the handball was accidental after a VAR review.
The home team finally took advantage of an additional man when French forward Dembele caught a loose ball in the air with his left foot and slammed it in the near post.
With Ronald Koeman’s team winning the sixth straight title, he returned to second place and rose to 65 points. Two ahead of third-placed Real Madrid and one below Atletico, losing 1-0 in Sevilla on Sunday.
“This shows how difficult this league is and how we really have to fight in every game to win it,” said Barcelona defender Clement Rengre. “We faced a great side to play from their skin. It was a really difficult game for us, but it was an important win. This run all depends on hard work. Early in the season. Things weren’t clicked for us, but now they are. “
Valladolid keeper Masip said he left Camp Nou “with a bittersweet taste.” I’m happy with their performance, but suffered from not being able to score points, especially after leaving Plano.
“It’s a real shame that all that hard work was abandoned because of the one-off incident,” he added.
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