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Barcelona vs Almería, La Liga: Match Thread, Live Updates

Join us for another Barcelona La Liga adventure!

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-2 Almería: Barça end the year with a hard-fought win against the worst team in the league, which says a lot about where they are right now. The three points are the only good news from the night, and there’s a lot to work on before the competitive games resume at the start of 2024.


83’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-2 Almería (Roberto): BARÇA ARE IN FRONT AGAIN!!! The home team takes its third lead of the game as Lewandowski plays a gorgeous ball over the top to find the run of Sergi Roberto and the captain beats Maximiano to make it 3-2 with 10 minutes to go. Is this the winning goal?


71’ GOAL, Barcelona 2-2 Almería (Edgar): Almería equalize again. Arribas sends a cross into the box, Ronald Araujo and Iñaki Peña collide in the box and the ball falls perfectly to Edgar González who passes the ball into an open net. It’s a horrible goal to concede, and it sets up a nervy finish.


60’ GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Almería (Roberto): BARÇA RE-TAKE THE LEAD!!! Raphinha takes a corner and finds Sergi Roberto at the near post, and the captain heads a beauty into the far corner to put the home team back in front!


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-1 Almería: Back underway at Montjuïc!


HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-1 Almería: Barça created plenty of chances but the finishing issues continued and they couldn’t score more than one goal, and were punished by their one mistake at the back with a shocking equalizer for Almería. This is somehow all square at the half, and Barça need to stop shooting themselves in the foot if they want to win this.


41’ GOAL, Barcelona 1-1 Almería (Baptistão): Almería equalize. Barça lose the ball inside their own half and the ball is played through to Léo Baptistão who chips the keeper from short range. The goal was initially disallowed for offside, but a VAR check cleared it and the score is now 1-1 just before halftime.


33’ GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Almería (Raphinha): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! Ilkay Gündogan puts a corner into the box and Ronald Araujo’s header is saved by the goalkeeper, but Raphinha is at the perfect spot to smash the rebound home and put the home team in front.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Almería: And we’re underway at Montjuïc!


WELCOME TO THE MONTJUÏC OLYMPIC STADIUM!!! The beautiful temporary home of the world’s greatest club in the Catalan capital is the site of Barcelona’s last La Liga game of 2023 as they welcome bottom of the table Almería. Barça badly need a result after a run of bad results, and this is a great chance against an Almería side yet to win a game this season. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!

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


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Peña; Cancelo, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Gündogan, Roberto, Fermín; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Félix (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Astralaga (GK), Kochen (GK), Kounde, Cubarsí, Fort, Romeu, Casadó, Unai, Prim, Yamal, Ferran, Guiu

ALMERÍA

Starting XI: Maximiano; Pozo, Brandariz, Montes, González, Akieme; Arribas, Lopy, Baba, Ramazani; Baptistão (5-4-1)

Substitutes: Marino (GK), Martínez (GK), Kaiky, Centelles, Mendes, Puigmal, Peña, Embarba, Lázaro, Fettal, Sanca


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 18

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 7pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 6pm GMT (UK), 1pm ET, 10am PT (USA), 11.30pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

VAR: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias

HOW TO WATCH

On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), Sports18 (India), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

Online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), 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, watch the 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!

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