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Barcelona was made to work hard for their 1-0 victory on Saturday evening against newly promoted Real Valladolid. French attacker Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal of the tie which was marred by a late VAR call.
The defending La Liga champions made a slow start to the game but eventually found their stride 25 minutes into the tie. Both Dembele and Coutinho looked dangerous and created a host of chances for the Catalans to take the early lead.
In the second half, Valverde's side made the breakthrough. Sergi Roberto nodded the ball into the path of Dembele who finished first time past Masip in the Valladolid goal. It was a deserved goal for Barca who was the better side throughout the contest.
The Catalans grew in confidence and the play stretched as the second half progressed. Luis Suarez thought he scored the second goal but was rightly adjudged offside by the officials. Substitute Malcolm had a chance to score his first goal for the Catalans, but his shot on the breakaway was gathered by Valladolid keeper Matip
VAR came to the rescue for Barca in second-half stoppage time as Valladolid midfielder Alejandro Navarro planted a header past Marc-André ter Stegen. Although the goal was correctly ruled offside. Still, Barca held on to keep their perfect start to the La Liga season.
Newly promoted Real Valladolid will have an uphill battle in upsetting Barcelona on Saturday evening. Valladolid came away with an impressive point against Girona in their opening game of the season but will know that the challenge of La Liga champions Barca is a completely different challenge. You can watch the game Live & Exclusive via beIN SPORTS Connect.
Valladolid rode their luck against Girona, conceding possession and plenty of changes to the Catalan side. However, the side who came up to La Liga via the playoffs came away with the point and something to build on ahead of the visit of Leo Messi & company.
Keeper Jordi Masip was impressive in successfully keeping out Girona. The former Barca stopper will now be hoping for a similar performance in his home La Liga bow for the newly promoted side. Masip only played two senior games for Barcelona, but will now be looking to frustrate his old side as Valladolid look to stun the Catalans.
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TV Channel- HD
Stadium- Estadio José Zorrilla, Valladolid
Barcelona eased to a 2-0 opening day win over Alaves last weekend, as they started their league title defence with a victory.
Leo Messi scored a crafty free-kick that went under the wall for Barca’s 6,000 goal in La Liga. Whilst substitute Phillipe Coutinho skipped through the Alaves defence before smashing in the second goal of the game, putting the contest beyond doubt.
Ernesto Valverde will be expecting back to back league wins but will know that his side will have to avoid complacency when Barca visit the newly promoted outfit. Valverde may elect to shuffle the pack for the game and could give league debuts to summer signings Malcom & Clément Lenglet
Phillipe Coutinho was a shock exclusion from the starting line-up against Alaves. However, the Brazilian midfielder proved his worth again by scoring the decisive goal from the bench. Coutinho should start on Saturday and will be looking to cut in from the wing and cause the Valladolid defence plenty of problems.
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