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The Barcelona He thrashed Osasuna (4-0) the day that the Camp Nou, empty by the pandemic one more game, paid tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, represented in the box by the elastic with the ’10’ on his back that he wore in his stage azulgrana.
In the tribute to Diego, on the day that the club’s 121th anniversary was also celebrated, Leo Messi, his heir, managed to dedicate the goal that closed the Barça account: a left-footed shot, after a driving the house brand that made Sergio Herrera’s stretch useless.
A bit that the ‘Flea’ dedicated to the ‘Pelusa’, taking off the Barça elastic to discover the red-black of Newell’s Old Boys with the ’10’ that Maradona wore for a season, while extending both arms and looking up at the sky.
Barcelona captain He was about to pay tribute to Maradona in the 1-0, when Herrera rejected a double shot from Coutinho and Braithwaite that Messi almost finished off with a hand in goal, emulating Mexico’s famous ‘hand of God’ 86.
However, the Rosario star was unable to contact the ball and the goal ended up coming from Braithwaite, on a roll after scoring three goals in the last two games.
At Messi’s tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, Antoine Griezmann sneaked in this Sunday, who played one of his best games since he signed for Barça.
At twelve minutes, he beat Herrera to give a sung goal to Coutinho, but the Brazilian’s shot was taken by Unai García on the goal line.
Griezmann, in a state of grace, returned to the charge shortly after and crossed a ball with his left foot that forced the visiting goal to intervene. And, on the next play, Coutinho returned the assist to the Frenchman, but he narrowly missed the goal of the red team.
The game started entertaining. Arrasate lost Jony through injury at 20 minutes and was forced to admit Juan Cruz, and Budimir, who has always been good at the Camp Nou, caught a ball in the area with a volley that went over the top from the crossbar of Ter Stegen’s goal.
Barça went ahead just before half an hour with a goal from Braihtwaite and was able to score some more. Osasuna, despite playing with five defenders, gave too many facilities back, but also attacked Ter Stegen’s goal with some self-confidence.
In one of those attempts, Mateu Lahoz annulled a goal by Budimir due to an offside previous by Oier and, in the other area, Griezmman channeled all his frustration of the last weeks with a stratospheric volley after a rebound by the Navarrese team behind to make it 2-0 shortly before the break.
Koeman sat down Pedri and brought Sergio Busquets into the break to recover the classic double pivot, but Osasuna started the second act better.
Rubén García and Roncaglia put Ter Stegen to the test from outside the area and Budimir finished off a slightly deflected plate at the exit of a corner.
But Griezmann appeared again to steal a ball in the three-quarter zone and attend Coutinho which, this time, he finished at will to make the third.
There was half an hour until the end of the clash and both coaches began to move the bench thinking about the next commitments. The game was already over.
But the Barcelona coach was forced to also replace Lenglet shortly after. The Frenchman sprained his ankle in a fortuitous action with Rubén García and became the injured center fourth of the squad.
Roberto Torres crashed a ball off the crossbar and the referee disallowed Dembélé’s goal for offside by Trincao, before Messi closed the afternoon with a great goal to pay tribute to Diego.