FULL-TIME, Almería 1-0 Barcelona: A pathetic performance and a deserved defeat. The team took the game for granted, Xavi was bad again, and the lead at the top of the table is now seven points. A horrible weekend in every way.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Almería 1-0 Barcelona: Back underway for the final 45 minutes.
HALFTIME, Almería 1-0 Barcelona: A terrible first half from Barça, who are deservedly behind thanks to a lethargic and uncreative attacking display and bad defending on the goal they conceded. There’s a lot of improvement needed if they want to come back in the second half.
GOAL, Almería 1-0 Barcelona (Touré 24’): Almería take their lead with their first attack of the game as a ball over the top of the Barça defense finds Touré who fires it home off the crossbar.
KICKOFF! Almería 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Almería!
WELCOME TO THE POWER HORSE STADIUM!!! The cozy home of Almería in beautiful Andalusia is the site of a huge La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one looking to increase their lead at the top of the table to 10 points if they can beat a relegation candidate on a three-game losing streak. But it won’t be easy as Barça have very little time to recover from the European loss at Old Trafford and will certainly have tired legs in this one. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Christensen, Eric, Alba; Kessie, Busquets, De Jong; Ferran, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas, Araujo, Kounde, Alonso, Balde, Torre, Raphinha, Alarcón
Starting XI: Martínez; Chumi, Ely, Babic, Akieme; Eguaras, De La Hoz; Baptistão, Robertone, Suárez; Touré (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Marino (GK), Kaiky, Pozo, Centelles, Mendes, Puigmal, Samu, Ramazani, Portillo, Embarba, Sousa, Lázaro
Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, Matchday 23
Date/Time: Sunday, February 26, 2023, 6.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 5.30pm GMT (UK), 12.30pm ET, 9.30am PT (USA), 11pm IST (India)
Venue: Power Horse Stadium, Almería, Spain
Referee: Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias
VAR: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Not Available (Canada, 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!