• The Madrid team shows that LaLiga will not be a bed of roses for a Barça that ends with ten due to the expulsion of Busquets

The first official match at the Spotify Camp Nou, against a good Rayo Vallecano, a compact, the consolidated team with clear ideas, was enough to confirm that the fight for LaLiga will be tough. Nothing to do with the euphoria of the summer market. Barça struck a stone, looked for the first victory, scored two goals annulled for offside, for one of Rayo in the discount, and ended up locking up a heroic Rayo who had his chances against a Barcelona that exploited its depth of squad in its arreón end, but ended up asking for the time. After looking for the 1-0, he suffered to avoid the 0-1 after Sergio Busquets saw the second card. A disallowed goal against Salvi Sánchez for offside by Falcao caused panic at the Camp Nou in discount and the game ended with Barcelona locked up.

It resisted, and a lot, the Lightning of Iraola. In addition, he had two excellent opportunities to get ahead on the scoreboard. He pressed very neatly up top, deactivated Barcelona’s ball exit, and isolated Lewandowski with a neat interior device. He also looked for the goal when he had the opportunity with tackles through the wings and, with a great performance by Pathé Ciss, Isi Palazón, and Trejo, he planted himself in Barcelona with the ambition of winning. Barça hit the ground running, put in the energy, and dominated, but it was difficult for them to create chances.

Once again Jordi Alba was a starter on the left side, bad news for the meritocracy given what was seen in the preseason. And on the other side, Rayo could have done a lot of damage through an Álvaro covered by a tough Araujo, who, however, almost saw his work ruined at the stroke of halftime when the Rayista winger won his back against the Uruguayan and forced Ter Stegen to show off A positional mistake that almost rewards the pressure of Rayo, which made it difficult for Barcelona to get the ball out. The Barça danger was created by the extremes and there was a penaltyRaphinha due to a foul by Fran García, although the Brazilian was offside when he received the ball. Just like Lewandowski, when scoring a pass from a Dembélé that came out a little too late, which earned him an early card. He and Raphinha tried to break down the flanks, but both lacked temper and precision. Great action by Dembélé after an opening by Sergio Busquets ended with a pass to Raphinha and a high shot.

Covered by Lightning

After a start of racist dominance, Barcelona had begun to press up and gradually tilted the balance of the match in their favor, with the two extremes leading the way, who sought each other in almost every action while Lewandowski, chased by the central Catena, He waited for his moment, but without real scoring chances. A recovery by Pedri ended with an innocent shot by Dembélé from the right.

Barcelona had warned with droppers, that is the reality until Pedri began to come into play more. The Canarian, creative soul of the team with Gavi underperforming and Busquets surpassed by Trejo, finished off for very little after a pass from Dembélé, but Rayo Vallecano came into the break having equalized a lot with Barcelona and, moreover, with the clearest chance, the one that Ter Stegen saved after Araujo’s defensive oversight. Álvaro’s cut eliminated Araujo but gave Ter Stegen time to cover the shot.

The 0-1, almost

El Rayo, who had warned shortly after the break, forgave a very clear one at the beginning of the second act. Camello was left alone after a misalignment by Gavi at the ball exit and got between the center backs, but Christiansen arrived in time to deflect the ball, and Camello’s subsequent shot was very forced. Rayo had it and Barcelona prepared to sprint in search of the winning goal, which could have come in a mess in the area, with almost the entire second half ahead of them.

Xavi turned to Ansu Fati, instead of a diminishing Raphinha, and to Frenkie de Jong, a substitute from the start, who once again played great minutes. Fati warned in his first intervention, finishing off a Dembélé center after De Jong’s opening and Barcelona began their final charge. Ansu put magic and created a great chance, in combination with Frenkie, before Lewandowski finished off it was his best chance. Rayo asked for the time and Catena saved Aubameyang’s shot goal when he entered. In the end, second to Busquets, Barcelona’s nerves and a disallowed goal created panic in the stands.


  • FC BARCELONA : Ter Stegen (3); Araujo (2), Christensen (2) (Sergi Roberto (1), 60′), Eric (3), Jordi Alba (1) (Aubameyang (3), 82′); Gavi (2) (Frenkie de Jong (3), 60′), Sergio Busquets (1), Pedri (3) (Kessie (2), 72′); Raphinha (2) (Ansu Fati (3), 60′), Lewandowski (2), Dembélé (2)
  • VALLEY RAY : Dimitrievski (3); Balliu (3), Lejeune (3), Catena (2), Fran García (3); Pathé Ciss (3), Unai López (1) (Óscar Valentín (2), 62′); Isi (3) (Salvi Sánchez (3), 79′), Trejo (3) (José Pozo (2), 83′), Álvaro (3); Camel (1) (Falcao (2), 62′)
  • Goals: NO
  • Referee : Hernández Hernández, Canarian Committee (1). Yellow cards for Dembélé (14′), Catena (45’+5′), Lejeune (54′), Falcao (69′), Sergio Busquets (74′ and 90′ +3′), Pathé Ciss (86′). Red to Sergio Busquets (90′ + 3′)
  • Spectators: 81,104 at Spotify Camp NouThere’s Barça-Rayo. 

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