FC – Dynamo Kiev: Gerard Piqué shoots Barça to win in Bayern Group E

FC – Dynamo Kiev: Gerard Piqué shoots Barça to win in Bayern Group E
FC Barcelona – Dynamo Kiev: Gerard Piqué shoots Barça to win in Bayern Group E

After a failed season opener in La Liga and Champions League, FC was under pressure in this encounter against the underdog from Kiev. The team of the coach Ronald Koeman, who was recently badly criticized, started with a strong offensive and came through Serginho Dest shortly after the whistle to the first good header chance (2nd).

Luuk de Jong was also unable to use a header from an excellent position (19th). Only a little later it was the Dutch center forward who had a great chance on his feet: Kiev goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan was able to fish the remarkable flick from the edge of the penalty area from the corner (21st).

It was central defender Gerard Piqué, of all people, who brought the Catalans into the lead after a corner, indicative of the lack of goal yield of the Barça offensive today.

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After the corner, Jordi Alba flanked the second ball to the right pentagon, where the Spaniard scored volley (36th) – already his 16th Champions League goal, making him one of the defenders in the all-time goalscorer list together with Real legend Roberto Carlos is at the top.

Shortly before the break, Luuk de Jong missed another high-profile header chance by putting the ball just over the goal after a corner (44th).

After the break, the encounter showed an almost identical face, Barça stormed forward, but failed to convert them into goals. Frenkie de Jong was too unselfish (52nd), youngster Ansu Fati gambled away the ball after a failure by keeper Bushchan (54th).

As a result, the game was disheveled and characterized by numerous changes, with Kiev never really getting dangerous in front of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal.

The bottom line was that Barcelona won 1-0 without a glimpse, which meant that the Catalans kept their chances in Group E of the Champions League after losing 3-0 to Bayern and Benfica for the time being.

Kiev, on the other hand, slipped to last place with the defeat and only one point.

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The voices:

Ronald Koeman (Trainer FC Barcelona): “This win keeps us alive. Everything is still possible, but we could have finished it better than we did. The bottom line is that it is better to go to Clásico with a win than with a loss.”

Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona): “We played well, especially in the first half. But we should have used our chances better to make the game clear faster. We know about Geris (Gerard Piqué, editor’s note) penetration in the penalty area. In corners he is always a danger to the opponent and because he always liked to play as a striker as a child, he is absolutely callous in front of the goal. “

The tweet about the game:

Piqué redeemed Barcelona with the first Champions League goal of the season.

That was noticeable: a mild breeze in the second half

Barcelona could have scored three or four goals in half-time one with 8-2 ​​shots on goal and thus gained confidence for the Clásico on Sunday against Real Madrid. After the break, however, the game flattened noticeably (3-1 shots on goal). The substitutes Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho (both 46th) and Sergio Agüero (75th) didn’t really harmonize with each other. The few remaining opportunities were not played well to the end – so Fati drew the annoyance of his men next to him when he wanted to use the ball artistically with his back to the goal in the 54th minute, instead of disdainfully placing it on two better positioned teammates .

The statistics: 17 years, 76 days

At 17 years and 76 days, Pablo Gaviria – known as Gavi – is the second youngest player Barça has ever used in the Champions League. Fati (16 years, 321 days) holds the club’s own youth record.

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