FC Barcelona was imposed this Saturday by a goal to zero to Real Valladolid in the 36th game and the penultimate day of The league Santander disputed in the José Zorrilla stadium in the Castilian town.
The Catalans did a good thing for Arturo Vidal in the first half and put pressure on the Real Madrid, standing at a single point from the leader and forcing those of Zidane not to relax in the final stretch of the season.
Barça jumped onto the pitch of José Zorrilla with the firm intention of controlling the game from minute one, and pressed all over the field to have the ball and besiege the blanquivioleta area. And Semedo became the protagonist from the band, overflowing to find centers.
In fact, the first shot on goal for the Catalan team arose after Semedo’s play and cross, which found Riqui Puig, although his shot was easily stopped by Jordi Masip. It was a clear warning. Real Valladolid had trouble avoiding the Catalan siege.
The goal was not long in coming, also from a move started by Semedo, which he combined with Messi so that it found Vidal, who hooked it with a good shot, adjusting it to the post and preventing the local goalkeeper from doing anything to stop it. But that much did not stop the intensity of Quique Setien’s.
Only four minutes later, Griezmann He had a goal scored in his boots, but he hit the ball badly and went out. A failure difficult to explain in a player of the quality and experience of the French striker that allowed Real Valladolid was still alive and eager to fight.
Of course, he did not have too many opportunities to reach the Barça area and only Guardiola tried to surprise Ter Stegen from outside the area, but his launch did not carry danger. This, however, did not stop the Valladolid people, who were able tie the game with seven minutes to go.
Kike Pérez, after Masip’s serve, managed to overtake the Barça defense, to stand alone in front of Ter Stegen, but he already came forced and lost a great opportunity to score. Even Ter Stegen approached the youth squad with a paternalistic gesture.
With Real Valladolid willing not to give up, to try their best on the defensive plane, and a Barcelona who wanted to claim it was reached the break with the advantage provided by Vidal in the first quarter of the match.
After the restart, there were more changes in the local team -which already had a first in the 24th minute, after Raúl Carnero’s injury-, for look for more creation through Hervías and Ünal, while Quique Setién took out an unsuccessful Griezmann to enter Luis Suarez.
Real Valladolid wanted to compete. Kike Pérez showed his self-confidence and was the most active of his team when facing the rival area and the one who had a magnificent opportunity to equalize the clash, with a shot that, when entering the race, ended up going off target.
The blanquivioleta team overturned to try to get something positive. Ünal also tried, although with little powerful shots before which the German goal had no problems. They were moments of control of Real Valladolid, of great intensityBut when it went down, Barça returned to the fray.
Of course, Masip did not have to worry, because the only shot from the Catalan team in that phase of local control occurred from a direct foul, with Messi as the protagonist. And he was careful to stop it. Meanwhile, the locals continued to fight and did not give up on their efforts until the end, with shots from Sandro and Waldo that Ter Stegen stopped, to keep the victory of his team.
0 – Real Valladolid: Masip; Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Javi Sánchez, Raúl Carnero (Nacho, m.24); San Emeterio, Kike Pérez, Joaquín (Hervías, m.46), Alcaraz (Ünal, m.46), Óscar Plano (Waldo, m.80); Guardiola (Sandro, m.61).
1 – FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet (Ronald Araujo, m.56), Jordi Alba; Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets (Junior Firpo, m.74), Riqui Puig (Rakitic, m.56), Sergi Roberto; Griezmann (Luis Suárez, m.46), Messi.
Goals: 0-1, m.15: Vidal.
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee). He showed yellow cards to Alcaraz (m.45 +), Kike Pérez (m.64), from Real Valladolid, and to Lenglet (m.40), Jordi Alba (m.78), from Barcelona.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-sixth day of The league Santander, played at the José Zorrilla stadium.