Ousmane Dembélé avoids the worst at FC Barcelona


FC Barcelona made a short trip to the lawn of the EU Cornella on behalf of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. Ronald Koeman lined up an unprecedented eleven, throwing young midfielder Ilaix Moriba (18) into the deep end for the first time alongside Riqui Puig and Miralem Pjanic in the midfield. Antoine Griezmann, apparently targeted by part of the locker room following his words after the Spanish Supercopa final lost against Athletic (2-3), was the holder in attack, while Clément Lenglet wore the captain’s armband for the first time since arriving in Catalonia.

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The Blaugranas had a rather sluggish start to the game, cornered on their goal with a series of corners for their opponents, residents of Segunda Division B. We had to wait until the end of the first quarter of an hour to see the first dangerous situation for Barça, but Griezmann saw his recovery blocked on a service behind Ilaix (14th). Francisco Trincão sent a nice volley at the entrance to the area on a corner, but Ramon Juan Ramirez was on the lookout (32nd). The goalkeeper still shone a few moments later by deflecting a penalty kicked by Pjanic (38th).

Two failed penalties

Ousmane Dembélé entered as soon as he returned from the locker room instead of Puig to make the difference. Martin Braithwaite, in an ideal situation, stumbled over the opposing goalkeeper (48th). Griezmann offered himself two opportunities: a center shot (56th) and a volley (58th) off target. The locals placed a few cons. On one of them, Agus Medina forced Neto to relax (59th). Moments later, Eloy Gila Marin, well served in the box, missed the target (60th). The debates were seriously balanced and Gonzalo Carmona, from the right side, transplanted in the axis and sent a low shot well captured by Neto (72nd).

The Azulgranas then got a second penalty for a foul on Lenglet in the box. But Dembélé still stumbled on the helmeted goalkeeper of Cornella (80th). Eloy still put Neto to contribution (82nd). Braithwaite then missed a big opportunity at the far post, completely unscrewing his recovery (83rd). Ramon Juan Ramirez deflected a shot from Pjanic on his bar (88th) and was very happy to see head shots from Ronald Araujo (89th) and Lenglet (90th + 2) on a corner pass above and next to his cages .

Dembélé unblocks the situation

The two teams therefore had to compete for extra time to decide. Dembélé missed his duel against the opposing goalkeeper (91st). But in the wake, the 2018 world champion, served by Pedri also came into play, sent a right foot strike from 20 meters that the No. 1 Cornella could only accompany in his nets (0-1, 92nd) . “Dembouz” then found Konrad De La Fuente, barely entered in place of Griezmann, whose rolled shot still shone a decidedly very prominent Ramon (101st).

Medina released a shot from 30 meters, a little desperate, that Neto quietly captured (109th). Barça controlled the end of the meeting, without showing a terrible control. Albert Estellés, for a nasty sole on Araujo, got a second yellow and left his to ten for the very end of the match (118th). Pedri finally offered the goal of the break to Braithwaite (0-2, 120th). Without convincing, FC Barcelona provides the essential.

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Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.

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