Barcelona returned from the international break in a bad way with a 2-1 loss at Camp Nou to newly promoted side Alavés, with Mathieu scoring for Barça and Deyverson and Ibai Gómez giving the visitors the shocking victory. The Blaugrana had a poor performance from start to finish and Alavés deservedly won the game by perfectly executing a great defensive gameplan.
Barça did not have a good game from the start. The passing was slow, the movement was nonexistent, and because of Alavés' well-organized defense, there were no spaces to exploit. The game was quite boring for the first 30 minutes, but when Deyverson shocked the Camp Nou and scored a goal for the visitors, things got interesting.
Neymar and Rakitic had two great chances but their shots went just wide, but the final moments of the first half were encouraging and could be the start of something good to see in the rest of the game.
At halftime, a poor performance and a deficit to overcome in the second half.
An early goal changes everything, and Barça got one of those to kick off the final period. Just one minute into the half, Neymar took a corner-kick (wrongly given, should have been a goal-kick for Alavés) and found the head of Mathieu, and the Frenchman tied the game early and give Barça plenty of time to find a winner.
Mathieu, Neymar and Alcácer had good chances right after the goal, and Barça's winner looked just a matter of time and better finishing. But once again, Alavés shocked the Camp Nou when Ibai Gómez took advantage of a Mascherano mistake and shot past Cillessen to put the visitors ahead. Barça went forward trying to find a goal, but not even Messi, Suárez and Iniesta were able to win it for the Catalans.
In the end, a bad game and an upset loss at home. It happens.
Barcelona: Cillessen | Vidal, Mascherano, Mathieu, Digne | Busquets, Rakitic, Denis (Messi) | Arda (Iniesta), Alcácer (Suárez), Neymar
Goal: Mathieu (46')
Alavés: Pacheco | Fermenía (Vigaray), Alexis, Laguardia, Hernández, García | Torres, Llorente, Edgar (Espinoza), Ibai Gómez (Camarasa) | Deyverson
Goals: Deyverson (39'), Ibai Gómez (64')