Barcelona are usually favorites for the title, but when the Catalans were disappointed, Sevilla emerged as Real Madrid’s biggest rival for the top spot in La Liga this season.
The two clubs met on Tuesday in a duel suspended from the fourth round of the series. Both teams scored a corner kick in the first half, but that wasn’t the topic of conversation then.
It’s uncommon when Jules Koundé picks up the ball and throws it hard at Jordi Alba. The Sevilla player was just dumped, but was violently provoked by a small push from Alba. Conde was rewarded with a straight red card.
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– Imagine putting your teammates in such a situation because of an entry throw. Here you play to challenge Real Madrid, and then shovel the ball against Jordi Alba. To get a reaction, TV 2 commentator Morten Langley said.
– Here the curtain goes down, completely blurry. I wonder if Alba slapped his lip before. It’s of course a huge red card, which TV 2 expert Mina Fenstad Berg followed in the studio.
Barcelona could not take advantage of the advantage, and then ended 1-1 on Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Real Madrid might be happier than that. They have five points against Sevilla, while Barcelona will likely focus on taking part in the battle for a place in the Champions League.
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Barcelona were the most active team from the start, creating many small risks.
Suddenly Seville woke up and Rafael Mir put the ball into the goal alone with the goalkeeper. But Barcelona’s defense line was straight, and the goal was a right offside.
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The next ball was not in the net. The corner kick created a huge mess in the penalty area with a goal almost scored by Papu Gomez.
– It’s a fantastically rehearsed dead ball, just like Barcelona on the banner. Here’s Lopetegui and his coaching staff really drawing and ripping off the field, exclaims TV 2 commentator Morten Langli.
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Just before the break, the home team had to taste their medicine. Ronald Araujo hit the top goal and stabbed the equalizer.
– Look at that flexibility. Nice title at the bottom of the post. It is raw. It is strength. It’s a class, Langley said.
Failed to take advantage of the expulsion
After the break, neither team dominated the match, and waved back and forth.
The defining moment was when Jules Koundé received the red card after 63 minutes. He spoiled Sevilla’s chances of winning the match.
Barcelona took on more, but failed to create much pressure. Hence, I fell back with the points sharing.
Real Madrid is still top of the league. Now there will be a small Christmas break before the next round of the series begins with one New Year’s Eve match, while the rest of the matches will take place on January 2.
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