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Real Valladolid vs Barcelona live blog, full-time: Barça get help from VAR to escape with narrow victory

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It’s the first away game of the season for the champions!

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FULL-TIME, Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona: What an awful performance. We needed VAR to beat a newly promoted team. Just absurd.


NO GOAL! Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona: It seemed like Keko had equalized with a header for Valladolid in the last play of the game, but VAR reviewed the play and the Spaniard was offside at the time of the cross.


77’: SAVE! Valladolid’s best chance of the game here. Duje Cop plays a fantastic cross into the box and Keko has a free header, but the forward heads the ball right into Ter Stegen’s hands. This is starting to get very dangerous for Barça...


74’: Valladolid are starting to look very dangerous, and both Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti had to make giant last-second clearances to keep Barça from conceding. We really need a second goal here.


GOAL! Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona (Dembélé 57’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! After a cross from Suárez from the left side, Sergi Roberto heads the ball perfectly into the path of Dembélé, who fires a beautiful volley into the bottom corner!


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Valladolid 0-0 Barcelona: Can we find the goals in the second half? We did it last week!


HALFTIME, Valladolid 0-0 Barcelona: After a slow start Barça were very good in the final 25 minutes of the half, passing the ball with purpose and creating chances despite one of the worst halves of football we will ever see from Lionel Messi. Coutinho and Dembélé were very dangerous, but they saw Jordi Masip make great saves in chances they both created and finished, and Barça need to find a way past him in the second half. Also, the pitch is in awful shape. Really, really horrible.


35’: SAVE! After a few crosses into the box, the ball eventually falls to Coutinho who fires a very good shot to the bottom corner, but Masip gets to it and makes a great diving stop.


32’: BIG CHANCE! Philippe Coutinho plays a fantastic ball over the top to Luis Suárez, who is alone in front of goal but cannot beat Masip to put Barça ahead. We are getting closer, though!


22’: CHANCE! Ousmane Dembélé receives the ball in space at the edge of the box and fires a low shot just wide of the post. Barça come close to scoring!


16’: Very good team move by Barça. Quick passing in midfield until the ball finds Lionel Messi, who plays a wonderful pass over the top to Jordi Alba, who can’t quite control the pass and gives Jordi Masip a chance to make an important stop.


7’: First big chance of the game belongs to Valladolid. Enes Ünal finds himself in space at the edge of the box and fires a rocket with his left foot, but Ter Stegen makes a good save.


KICKOFF! Valladolid 0-0 Barcelona: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys.


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé (4-3-3)

Bench: Ezkieta, Lenglet, Semedo, Vidal, Arthur, Malcom, Munir

VALLADOLID

Starting XI: Masip; Moyano, Olivas, Calero, Nacho; Borja, Alcaraz; Tuhami, Plano, Suárez; Ünal

Bench: Verde, Antoñito, Cop, Míchel, Keko, Pérez, Salisu


The second week of the new La Liga season is here! Barcelona started well against Alavés and are now looking for their first win away from home with a trip to newly promoted Real Valladolid. Barça are obvious favorites to win this one, but they can’t take this for granted and must play at their best to not only get three points but to do it in dominant fashion. So join us for a very fun LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open as soon as the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 2

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10.15pm CET (Barcelona) / 9.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria) / 4.15pm ET, 1.15pm PT (USA) / 1.45am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!