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LEAGUE – With 10 against 11, Barça beats Osasuna and takes a 5-point lead

This Barça is fantastic. Leading very quickly on the lawn of Osasuna after an early goal from David Garcia Zubiria (6th), FC Barcelona managed to win (1-2) in numerical inferiority this Tuesday evening as part of the 14th day of La Liga. They managed to equalize as soon as the dressing room returned through Pedri (45th), the Catalans forced the decision at the very end of the game thanks to an excellent header from Raphinha (84th).

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Winners for the fourth time in a row in all competitions, the players from Xavi Hernandez consolidate their first place (37 points) in the championship, who are now five lengths ahead of their second place and great rivals Real Madrid (32 points). Assured of retaining their lead before the long break due to the World Cup in Qatar, the Blaugranas will quietly enjoy an almost perfect first third of the season (12 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in fourteen matches).

The Barça Rebellion

Best student in La Liga at the armistice, Barça will however have gone through all the emotions tonight against a formation of Osasuna that has not decided to make the task easy for Sergio Busquet’s partners. Deprived of many players at kick-off, including Frenchman Jules Koundé, the Catalans were surprised only after a few minutes on a corner that was converted into a goal by the head of the rogue David Garcia Zubiria (6th, 1-0). Stunned by the first blow of fate, the Catalans received another uppercut half an hour into the match when their star scorer Robert Lewandowski was foolishly sent off for a tackle as rough as it was useless on the same Garcia Zubiria (30th) .

Raphinha crucial this Tuesday

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Logically reduced to ten, Barça waited until the return from the dressing room to put their heads back in place. The upset came from a rather discreet Pedri (47th, 1-1) until then, the player trained at La Masia and took advantage of the good work of Jordi Alba and Ferran Torres to bring his people up to their hosts for the day on a resumption of the surgical flat foot along the post by Aitor Fernandez. Insatiable, the Catalans were not satisfied with a draw and even managed to take the advantage at the very end of the game after an action marked by the stamp of class.

Placed in a slightly more distant position at the dawn of the last quarter (75th) after the exit of his partner Andreas Christensen (replaced by Gavi), Frenkie De Jong surprised the entire back force of Osasuna by sending Raphinha into orbit with an excellent opening from the central circle. The Brazilian striker was quicker to react than the opposition defenders and gave his side a definite advantage by not taking an Aitor Fernandez too advanced on this one with a perfectly felt header (84th, 1-2). A goal that can prove decisive when it comes to doing the accounting on the evening of the 38th day.

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