A match summary / review of the Barcelona 1–2 Osasuna game.
At home against Osasuna, Barcelona had to make amends with the Basque team as they drew the reverse tie in the game that revealed Ansu Fati to the world. They didn’t have much to play for, other than the three points and putting pressure on Real Madrid. With a four-point advantage before the two last games, the Madridistas were inevitably going to wrap up the league, but Barça had to win to keep the momentum for the remainder of the season. After Osasuna led early at Camp Nou and Madrid opened the scoring against the Yellow Submarine, it’s fair to say all hopes were gone. Barça deserved much better, however.
Take the ball, pass the ball, much like the theme of this first half. Barcelona played well, with a lot of room for improvement, but Osasuna stung them at the worst time. With more than 80℅ possession, the Blaugrana side did not know what to do with the ball, and the static players up front did not help. Ansu Fati played too wide, while Braithwaite walked a lot and Leo did Leo things by running at the right time. The midfield was nearly perfect, with Riqui Puig and Rakitic putting some daring passes on the table while Sergi Roberto did not cover himself in all the glory.
Osasuna came to the Camp Nou with a plan, and they executed it perfectly by putting ten men behind the ball and waiting for an opening. After a first dangerous attempt, former Barça B player, José Arnaiz scored a great finish in Ter Stegen’s net, and Osasuna led after 15 minutes. Messi had two free-kicks, and Barcelona won many corners, but to no avail.
? — Arthur Melo on the bench. pic.twitter.com/PHcd2Uwzbg— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 16, 2020
With Real Madrid’s Benzema scoring in the first 30 minutes against Villarreal, the league looked all but wrapped up for the Madridistas, and Barça’s result at half-time facilitated it as it gave Los Blancos confidence.
First-half score: Barcelona 0-1 Osasuna
Barcelona scored thrice in one half but only came out with a disappointing 1-2 defeat in the end. The Catalans came with a plan this second half to keep their home record intact, and they should’ve come back with more than a singular point. They pushed as hard as they could, pushing that Osasuna defence to their limits, but could only find a way through a free-kick. First, a great pass from the left came to Messi, who was in an offside position, and the Argentinean genius gave it to Braithwaite, who smashed it in the goal. Offside and Barça had to go again. All the pushing and the half-chances led to a breakthrough in that rigid defence as Luis Suarez got fouled and Messi scored his fifth free-kick of the term, shaving the post in the process.
Osasuna tried to play for the draw, with their low block annihilating many of the Culés forwards. Still, Messi’s high pass found a way to Suarez, also in an offside position, and the Uruguayan finished it sublimely. Offside, again. While VAR came into play in Madrid, as Los Blancos led Villarreal all night, it played a role at Camp Nou and Enric Gallego was sent off for foul play on Lenglet. In the last few minutes, that coincided with Frenkie De Jong’s return after a month without football, Barça played champagne football, to no avail and they pinned Osasuna back while not entirely breaking the Basque side.
All this hard work from the Catalans was thrown down the bin as Osasuna found a second lead through Roberto Torres. On another day, this second half gives Barça the win, but it doesn’t mean anything anyways as Real Madrid won the league at the Santiago Bernabéu tonight. A sad night for Barcelona, but some players can be proud of their performances.
Final score: Barcelona 1-2 Osasuna
Barcelona – Osasuna
%75 – Possession – %25
17 – Shots – 9
2 – Shots on target – 5
7 – Fouls – 14
4 – Yellow Cards – 1
0 – Red Cards – 1
2 – Offsides – 1
10 – Corners – 2
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo (59′ Arturo Vidal), Piqué, Lenglet, Junior Firpo (79′ Alba); Roberto, Rakitic (67′ Busquets), Riqui Puig (79′ De Jong); Messi, Ansu Fati, Braithwaite (59′ Luis Suarez)
Goals: 62′ Lionel Messi (freekick)
Osasuna: Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Navas, Hernandez, David Garcia, Estupinan; Pérez, Moncayola (85′ Roberto Torres), Brasnac (46′ Oier Sanjurjo); Adrian (70′ Enrique Barja), José Arnaiz (71′ Gallego)
Goals: 16′ José Arnaiz, 94′ Roberto Torres
That brings an end to the Osasuna – Barcelona match summary.
Barcelona 1-0 Elche: Match Review
In their last pre-season game, Barcelona had to play at the top of their game before the match against Villarreal next Sunday. In the Gamper trophy, Barcelona showed many promising signs, especially in attack. However, the main talking point was Riqui Puig being left out of the squad.
Barcelona started the half really well as the movement was already better than what they showed in 2019/20, and the stale ball circulation became a fluid passing game which made Elche leave a lot of space behind.
Leo Messi started the recital with a typical pass to Jordi Alba, in acres of space, who had the time to give the ball to Griezmann whose run was everything Barça missed. Griezmann opened the scoring, and Barcelona kept going, in vain. However, the Catalans did try to breach the Elche defence and, at times, only a clinical striker was missing to be leading by 3 or 4 goals at the half.
With Griezmann’s shot stopped, Messi’s electrifying free-kick parried, and Coutinho’s header turned to a corner, Barcelona had the chances but no clinical touch. They continued with the excellent ball circulation while moving a lot to open spaces. One of the best moments of the game came in the 19th minute when Messi jogged back, and Griezmann ran into space to open the play for Sergi Roberto, and the action finished with a failed header by the Blaugrana attackers.
A good half that shows what Barça need: Clinical finishing.
Barcelona came in the second half with no changes and continued dominating the game without scoring goals. With the same enthusiasm and movement, the Culés found breaches in Elche’s defence and tried exploiting them with the same players.
However, at the half-hour mark, Koeman opted for a triple change and on came Ousmane Dembélé, Francisco Trincão and the long-awaited Miralem Pjanic. The former had the first bite of the cherry with a superb move from the edge of the area, dribbling one defender on his way to shoot straight at the keeper. Again, Barcelona didn’t have this clinical touch, and it cost them.
A few minutes after Dembélé’s effort, Philippe Coutinho, who had a decent game, passed the ball exquisitely to Trincão, whose questionable finishing didn’t match his excellent movement. He played well with great openings at times, just what Barça need on the wing. Pedri also came on and had a chance after Dembélé ran into space to give a great pass across the face of the goal.
Miralem Pjanic also should’ve won a penalty but the main talking point of the last minutes was a golden chance for Elche to get back on track. Still, thankfully, after horrific defending from the Blaugrana side, Neto put on his hero cloak and saved a shot at point-blank range.
A good victory, where perhaps the fans should’ve seen more goals, but at least there are promising signs. ¡Visca el Barça!
Final score: Barça 1-0 Elche.