Sergi Roberto scored two goals to help his side Barcelona escape the trap of their hosts Almeria, beating them with a 3-2 draw in the 18th round of the competition on Wednesday.
The game, held at the Louis Companies Olympic Stadium, was exciting in both its halves, with the result hanging until the last minute, and it was clear that Barcelona’s stars were struggling in front of their humble rival. Still looking for their first win in the competition this season, and the team’s innocent defensive lapses almost… will cost the tournament host more points as they look to retain their title for the second season in a row.
Rafinha scored for Barcelona in the 33rd minute, but Leo Baptista equalized for Almeria in the 41st minute.
Barcelona took the lead again in the 60th minute through a goal from Sergi Roberto, but Edgar Gonzalez equalized for Almeria in the 71st minute.
After scoring his second personal goal and Barcelona’s third in the 83rd minute, head coach Xavi Hernandez’s side were confident of challenging for the top spot.
Barcelona, who picked up only their second win in their last five matches in the competition, rose to 38 points and temporarily moved up to third place with the rest of the standings remaining, six points behind (leaders) Girona. , and is in second place, 4 points behind its traditional rival Real Madrid. They face Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves away from home on Thursday.
On the other hand, Almeria, who have suffered their 13th defeat in the competition this season, are placed at the bottom of the table with 5 points compared to 5 draws.
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