Barça defeat Real Valladolid 1-0 in tough away trip.


FC Barcelona won their first away match of the season following their difficult 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid played on a dreadful pitch with VAR being used for the first time. The defending champions struggled on the promoted side’s pitch and played to a scoreless first half. Nonetheless, the Blaugrana managed to overcome that obstacle and broke the deadlock when Ousmane Dembélé scored the team’s only goal in the 57th minute after Sergi Roberto’s headed down a cross to ensure the ball stayed in play fell to Dembélé who volleyed the ball in from close. It seemed that Barça would cruise to a 1-0 win but then the hosts struck in stoppage when Keko scored a header from close range to steal a win from the Blaugrana. However, that late equalizer was disallowed for offside after it was reviewed by VAR, which was the first time it used to the Blaugrana’s advantage. The team will have a week to enjoy this victory before they host another promoted side, S.D. Huesca, on Sunday at the Camp Nou.

Match Info (From Sport):

REAL VALLADOLID: Masip, Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Calero, Nacho, Borja (Keko, 64′), Alcaraz, Anuar, Toni Villa (Verde, 86′), Óscar Plano & Enes Unal (Duje Cop, 70′).

FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho (Malcom, 83′), Dembélé (Arturo Vidal, 75′), Messi & Suárez (Munir, 90′).

Goals: 0-1, Dembélé (56′).

Referee: De Burgos Bengoetxea

Cautions: Enes Unal (48′), Piqué (60′).

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