Barcelona 1-0 Sevilla (30 Sep, 2023) Game Analysis

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Barcelona A 1-0 win at home temporarily moved them to the top of La Liga Sevilla After the veteran defender on Friday Sergio Ramos Accidentally put the ball into his own net in the second half.

Ramos, ex Real Madrid The captain, playing against his old rivals Barcelona for the first time since 2020, was helpless when he tried to block a cross from the 16-year-old. Lamine Yamal And saw the ball crawl over the line in the 76th minute.

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Ramos, who once held young Yamal’s hand in the tunnel when the Barca forward was a club mascot, was met with a hostile reception when his first touch was met with jeers from the home fans.

But a loud cheer rang out after the 37-year-old scored his own goal at Montjuic’s Olympic Stadium, Barca’s temporary home ground.

The result moved Barca one point clear of Girona, who are second with a game in hand, while Sevilla are 12th.

“We are suffering a lot,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said at the post-match press conference. I think we played well. “We attacked well and understood what the game required. We just lacked that goal, but I’m happy with the game. It was one of our best performances.

“Sevilla did well, but we created enough chances not to struggle so much.

“The important thing is that we created chances against a great team and felt comfortable. We were the better team. I’m happy with the performance, but we have to be more effective in front of goal.”

Sevilla defender Sergio Ramos reacts after scoring an own goal against Barcelona.
Sevilla defender Sergio Ramos reacts after scoring an own goal against Barcelona.

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Tensions between the two clubs peaked before kickoff when Sevilla They will not have any representation in the stadium’s VIP box Due to the ongoing ‘Negreira case’.

Barcelona are under investigation for suspected “active bribery” as part of an investigation into suspected corruption spanning two decades at the referee committee where Jose María Enriquez Negreira was vice-president.

Barcelona described it as an “absurd and inappropriate attack” on the club, saying Sevilla were denying them their right to a defense in legal proceedings.

Barca started brilliantly on the pitch Joao Felix Beat the keeper with a powerful shot in the 22nd minute that crashed off the underside of the bar and stayed out while at the other end, the cow Made a goal line block to deny Lucas Ocampos.

Barcelona When he got hurt in the 37th minute Rafinha Has been forced off with an injury, will be replaced by Fermin Lopez.

“We’ll see tomorrow when he has more tests,” Xavi said of the Brazilian winger. “Hopefully it’s nothing. That’s why we pivot and change — despite the criticism, especially when the results aren’t ours — because it’s necessary.”

After a goalless first half, Barca switched gears and looked much more threatening.

Robert Lewandowski was denied by a last-man tackle from Juanlu Sanchez As the striker went through on goal, Gavi saw his header narrowly miss the target.

But Ramos’ own goal changed the complexion of the game and, although Sevilla also had chances, Barca managed to keep a clean sheet and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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