Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao tied 0-0, and Girona returns to defeat

March 3, 2024
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao tied 0-0, and Girona returns to defeat

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao tied 0-0 in the Spanish Premier League on Sunday, which wasted a great opportunity for Barcelona to gain ground in its pursuit of leaders Real Madrid, which tied 2-2 with Valencia on Saturday, while Girona, the surprise of the season, returned to reality, after suffering a frustrating 1 defeat. -0 at Real Mallorca Stadium in the Spanish Premier League on Sunday, suffering the third consecutive loss away from home in a realistic test of the Catalan team’s ambitions to win the title.

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Girona, the surprise of the season and second in the standings, returned to the spiral of defeats, with its third loss in its last four matches, which came at the hands of its host Real Mallorca 0-1 on Sunday in the 27th stage of the tournament. Spanish Football LeagueWhile he failed Barcelona In exploiting this fall to snatch second place with a goalless draw hosted by Athletic Bilbao.

Mallorca defender Jose Manuel Copete dealt a strong blow to Girona’s chances of winning the league title for the first time in its history by scoring the only goal of the match after a corner kick in the 33rd minute. He also revived his team’s hopes of remaining in the first division and avoiding the specter of relegation, by advancing to fifteenth place with 27 points. .

On the other hand, Girona, which has only won once in its last five matches, did not benefit from leaders Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw against host Valencia on Saturday, to reduce the gap, which rose to 7 points, after their score froze at 59 points, one point ahead of Barcelona.

De Jong and Pedri injured

In the second match, Xavi Hernandez made one change to his lineup compared to his last match in the 4-0 win over Getafe, so he returned Portuguese striker Joao Felix to the bench, and replaced him with Pedri on the left side.

For his part, Ernesto Valverde made 6 changes against his former team compared to the last stage match, most notably in defence, after losing to Real Betis 1-3.

The Basque club played the match ecstatic to have reached the final of the local cup by eliminating Atletico Madrid 0-4 with the result of the two matches.

Barcelona suffered a blow when Dutchman Frankie de Jong injured his right ankle and left the field, and striker Fermin Lopes replaced him in the 25th minute. The latter found himself 6 minutes later following a deep pass from German Ilkay Gundogan in a struggle with goalkeeper Unai Simon, from whom he emerged victorious by being removed. The ball was kicked by his foot, reaching the Portuguese Joao Cancelo 50 meters away. The shot fell and helped Simon and his defender Yeray Alvarez prevent it from entering the goal.

Alejandro Berenger Remiro shot a ball that was picked up by Barcelona captain, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (36).

The curse of injuries struck Barcelona again, with Pedri injured his right thigh without any contact with any other player, so Lamine Jamal replaced him in the second forced change for coach Xavi (44).

The situation did not change in the second half, with Bilbao having an advantage, while Xavi made 3 changes at once, most notably the entry of Felix in place of the Brazilian Rafinha (76).

The offensive sterility continued between the two teams, with timid attempts without any significant danger to the goalkeepers, until the match ended in a goalless draw.

Bilbao only lost at home once this season, and that was in the first stage against Real Madrid 0-2, achieving a series of 10 wins and 3 draws, while Barcelona did not fall outside its stronghold this season in the “La Liga” (7 wins versus 6 draws). .

France 24/AFP

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