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UD Las Palmas 1-2 FC Barcelona: Match Review

A recap of Saturday's game between Las Palmas and Barça.

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Often when Barcelona play teams, their respective position in the table means very little. Already this season we've seen teams who are rooted towards the bottom go out and play toe to toe with Barça and in the opening exchanges of this game, that was the case.

Las Palmas Barcelona
Possession 47% 53%
Total Shots 16 13
Shots on Target 3 8
Corners 3 6
Fouls 10 13
Offsides 3 6
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0

Affected by the blustery conditions, Barça's ball control was sloppy in the first few minutes which was allowing Las Palmas chances. However this bright start from the home team took a knock as within five minutes, Barça were 1-0 up. Andrés Iniesta slid the ball through to the charging Jordi Alba. After a short run down the left flank, he crossed the ball to Luis Suárez's feet. The league's top scorer readjusted before placing the ball into the roof of the net. The goal was perhaps harsh on the home team but is further evidence of how any of the front three are capable of scoring at any moment.

However, just five minutes later and Las Palmas were level. Pressing high, Jonathan Viera received the ball just outside the Barça box. His clever back heel set Willian José through on goal. The Brazilian slotted the ball under Claudio Bravo to pull Los Amarillos deservedly level. The replays showed José was just onside as Jordi Alba failed to step up with his defensive teammates.

The goal put more wind into Las Palmas' sails and they were playing great football. Retaining the ball through short, accurate passes and Barça were struggling to get a touch. The Catalans were relying on the individual quality to try and wrestle control of the game. Neymar was on the end of a few hard tackles while Iniesta saw his long range shot palmed away.

One of the Neymar fouls garnered a free kick just outside and to the left of the penalty area. Lionel Messi stepped up and drifted the ball over to the back post. Suárez arrived and it looked certain to be 2-1 but the Uruguayan managed to head wide from just eight yards. The shocked expression on his face said it all as those are the chances he is usually so deadly in converting.

The game was approaching half time with the sides level but it didn't stay that way. In the 39th minute, Suárez was running towards goal from the right flank. Messi slowed his run which allowed him space in the box for Suárez to find. Messi received the ball and fired away his shot but Javi Varas somehow got a hand to it. Unfortunately for the keeper his save fell to the feet of Neymar who blasted the ball into the net. Barça secured the lead and were able to hold it until the break.

The start of the second half saw the introduction of Ivan Rakitić in the place of Arda Turan. Turan had played well, putting in some great tackles but he was on a yellow and one late challenge away from seeing red.

Barça eventually got more a grip of the game in the second half. Seeing more of the ball and controlling it without creating too many chances. After a high intensity first half, it looked like some of the steam had gone out of the home side and they were struggling to wrestle the ball off of Barça.

This game was yet another reminder of the importance of Sergio Busquets as the team rarely looked to be at their usual level of dominance. Both the absence of Busquets and Gerard Piqué made the controlling game more difficult. Another explanation could be the upcoming Champions League tie against Arsenal midweek and a desire to conserve energy.

Luis Enrique was looking to set up shop as he introduced Thomas Vermaelen. But Las Palmas were still looking threatening to get that equaliser. The Catalans were drifting towards the final whistle and with less than five minutes on the clock, Las Palmas finally mounted their assault on goal. It required a quicker header away from Vermaelen to deny the home side and eventually the final whistle went with the away side taking the three points.

Barça just never got going in this game and sleepwalked to the win.

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2 Som-i-Serem 35
3 syredeathtrooper 31
4 JordanBelfort 30
5 dewoul 25
6 Gerard PIQUACHU 22
7 AzBlaug 16
8 Anirudh_Kul 15
9 ShantanuC 14
10 TheGodfather21 11
11 Steven Cordero 10
12 rigosj 10
13 Ashraf Arefin 7
14 el_uruguayo 6
15 MSABarca 6
16 checkmate299792458 6
17 feeya7 5
18 hdp78 5
19 ZTAhmad 4
20 craig00000 4
21 footballfordoze 4
22 Barca4ever 4
23 JordiBalboa 4
24 Anders Thomassen 4
25 messism 3
26 AJKhan 3
27 nosrejadorable 3
28 mightyobie 3
29 ajohns 3
30 GabTTT 3
31 michael.olivier 3
32 Patty Mills for three.. BANG 2
33 henderick.mitchell 2
34 godnkls 2
35 VarmaFCB 2
36 Barca4lif 2
37 BDBarca 1
38 ledhe 1
39 mickael2 1
40 gorgton 1
41 ElasticFan 1
42 abhinay.rao 1
43 saltylures 1
44 paddymac1111 1
45 ChalkLitIScream 1
46 Ragnar_Lothbrok 1
47 AraibKarim 1
48 Mufti Yoga 1
# Recs Commenter Comment Link
6 craig00000 Us
5 AzBlaug HAHA!
5 Som-i-Serem [no title]
5 syredeathtrooper More like
4 #K-DREAMER I think we all know that thanks to real madrid
2 el_uruguayo That has to be the scariest sight for a keeper
2 Som-i-Serem Time for the Lucho HT Talk.
2 Gerard PIQUACHU Blasphemy
2 hdp78 Am calm because
2 feeya7 It looks so pretty though
2 TheGodfather21 U mean we will win 5-0? :wink:
1 #K-DREAMER trust the half time talk
1 Gerard PIQUACHU Why is las palmas playing like us with all those flicks and corners?
1 Anirudh_Kul No Busi, No Party
1 #K-DREAMER did you see his desperate aggressive tackles??
1 #K-DREAMER its not that bad and its not all his fault
1 #K-DREAMER Las palmas playing a very good game
1 Som-i-Serem No Pique, No Defense.
1 GabTTT looool
1 JordanBelfort 3 against the keeper and ney missed
1 Som-i-Serem Helter skelter defending there.
1 #K-DREAMER Dont we usually play like shit before big important CL matches??
1 #K-DREAMER not trying to make excuses but that schedule does have its toll
1 Gerard PIQUACHU Hattrick to Suarez
1 Som-i-Serem Talking about Xavi.
1 #K-DREAMER you cant use this match as a metric of comparison
1 JordanBelfort las palmas with their best game in history
1 #K-DREAMER does this team even want the 3 points
1 Gerard PIQUACHU All down to hardwork of Chewisito
1 dewoul Barca are like vampires, daytime start is always a conundrum for them. The players seem to hate an early start.
1 Ashraf Arefin Alves needs to do a bit defending instead of asking for offside
1 Gerard PIQUACHU Turan
1 Som-i-Serem Brilliant from Iniesta in the build-up.
1 AzBlaug Ask that guy!
1 dewoul Yeah and the draw will also play on their minds too.
1 Som-i-Serem Who is that Hot Lady with the Miss World like crown on her head? :blush:
1 Som-i-Serem Commentator: "Sergi Roberto is the Swiss Army Knife of the Barca midfield...."
1 ShantanuC Fuck that was a dirty dirty tackle.
1 ShantanuC Woah Grandpa great ball!
1 checkmate299792458 that celebration by MSN after the goal.....
1 #K-DREAMER Suarez was simply sublime
1 Som-i-Serem Arda be careful! You are on a yellow!
1 craig00000 No complaints on the lineup
1 Gerard PIQUACHU Turan needs to control his tackling now
1 Gerard PIQUACHU or 6-1
1 Som-i-Serem First good play from Alves.
1 #K-DREAMER nobody is faster than ginger
1 el_uruguayo That last opportunity was too easy

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