GIRONA – – Pedri’s third objective in his beyond four games procured Barcelona a vital 1-0 success away at Girona on Saturday as Xavi Hernandez’s side reinforced their hold on the best position in La Liga.
The midfielder struck on the hour mark, turning home his 6th objective of the time from short proximity after Paulo Gazzaniga had sent Jordi Alba’s cross his way.
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Barca, who held off a late Girona surge, briefly move six focuses clear of Genuine Madrid, who have third-put Genuine Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
- Barca endures going after unlucky deficiencies to guarantee focuses
An outing to a cold and breezy Estadi Montilivi was never going to be simple for Barca, yet their undertaking was additionally muddled by the shortfall of 22-objective top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres through suspension. They then lost Ousmane Dembele, who has been in extraordinary structure, to injury in the principal half to leave them coming up short on an objective danger against a Girona side glad to pause for a minute or two and play on the counter-assault.
An impasse looked conceivable in the main half with neither one of the sides coming close. Yan Couto squandered the house side’s most obvious opportunity from the beginning and Ansu Fati terminated over the bar for Barca after a guarded mistake.
Xavi welcomed Jordi Alba on for Marcos Alonso at the break to make up for an absence of width on the left and the change before long delivered profits. Alba had previously gotten into a few decent positions when his cross prompted the initial objective. Frenkie de Jong likewise pushed on and squeezed considerably more to help Ansu and Raphinha in the assault.
The objective constrained Girona to play favoring the front foot however Barca – – because of a Ronald Araujo header off the line, some great guarding from Jules Kounde, and delinquent getting did – – saw the game out for a fourteenth clean sheet in 18 LaLiga installations this season.
- Pedri “Potter” stars on 100th appearance
Pedri was not considered fit to the point of firing this game after getting a thump against Genuine Sociedad in midweek. Be that as it may, Dembele’s physical issue and the absence of going after profundity accessible implied he was required sooner than arranged.
In this way, on he came for his 100th Barcelona appearance at 20 years old. Xavi has requested that he get into more objective scoring positions and he is answering. His objective here was an instance of being perfectly positioned brilliantly as he made himself Barca’s match-champ for the subsequent end of the week running. He likewise scored the main objective against Getafe this previous Sunday.
His exhibitions have procured him the epithet “Pedri Potter” and, as Montilivi fell quiet after his strike, that was all you could hear the radio analysts shouting.
- Serious Girona misss the mark
Girona drew with Madrid recently yet couldn’t take the focus off, Barca. Despite an energetic presentation in the wake of falling behind, they were beaten by their Catalan opponents for the third successive time at Montilivi in La Liga.
They will mourn botched opportunities late. Ivan Martin missed the best of them and Valery terminated over in stoppage time. There was additionally an Araujo header off the line and some last-ditch safeguarding from Kounde as the 13,500 home group thundered their group on.
It was not to be, however, and Girona stay silly at home against Barca in the first class. They have displayed all through the season that they ought to have all that anyone could need to keep awake, albeit the four-direct hole toward the last three will agitate for mentor Michel, who was shipped off late on.