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Real Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona: Champions win after VAR reprieve

Barcelona players celebrate
Ousmane Dembele scored his fourth league goal for Barcelona and his first of the season

Barcelona clung on for a hard-fought win over Real Valladolid, who had an injury-time equaliser ruled out after a video assistant referee review.

VAR was only introduced to La Liga this season and it was used to show that Keko's diving header was offside.

The decision denied newly promoted Valladolid a second point from two league matches.

Ousmane Dembele scored a second-half winner after Sergi Roberto had kept the ball in with a header on the byeline.

Luis Suarez also had a goal ruled out for offside with 10 minutes remaining.

Barcelona began the defence of their league title with a 3-0 win over Alaves last weekend but were fortunate to see out victory over Valladolid - who finished fifth in Spain's second tier last season.

Goalkeeper Jordi Masip made two impressive saves from Suarez and Philippe Coutinho before the break and former Manchester City forward Enes Unal was a constant threat.

The 21-year-old had an effort tipped over the bar in the first half and Keko came close to equalising with another header after the break.

The recently laid pitch hindered both sides, with large divots appearing throughout the match which forced players to attempt to replace patches of turf in an attempt to make it smoother.

The hosts delivered a crushing blow to Barcelona's title hopes when they last played at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla four years ago, winning 1-0 against a team including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas.

Jordi Alba trying to fix the pitch
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba tries to replace the turf at Real Valladolid

Line-ups

Real Valladolid

  • 1Masip
  • 17Moyano Lujano
  • 4Olivas Alba
  • 5Calero
  • 22Martínez García
  • 23Mohamed
  • 8FernándezSubstituted forGontán Gallardoat 64'minutes
  • 19Villa SuárezSubstituted forVerdeat 87'minutes
  • 14Alcaraz
  • 9ÜnalBooked at 49minsSubstituted forCopat 70'minutes
  • 10Plano

Substitutes

  • 11Verde
  • 18Regal Angulo
  • 20Cop
  • 21Herrero Javaloyas
  • 24Gontán Gallardo
  • 26Pérez
  • 28Salisu

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3PiquéBooked at 60mins
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forMalcomat 84'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 90+1'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forVidalat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 8Arthur
  • 14Malcom
  • 15Lenglet
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 22Vidal
  • 31Ezkieta
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
21,674

Match Stats

Home TeamReal ValladolidAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Real Valladolid 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Valladolid 0, Barcelona 1.

Offside, Real Valladolid. Fernando Calero tries a through ball, but Keko is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Munir El Haddadi replaces Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Rubén Alcaraz (Real Valladolid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Javi Moyano.

Attempt saved. Malcom (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Valladolid. Daniele Verde replaces Toni Villa.

Hand ball by Keko (Real Valladolid).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Malcom replaces Coutinho.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Keko.

Attempt saved. Kiko Olivas (Real Valladolid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Óscar Plano with a cross.

Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt saved. Keko (Real Valladolid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Duje Cop with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Hand ball by Rubén Alcaraz (Real Valladolid).

Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Samuel Umtiti.

Hand ball by Nacho (Real Valladolid).

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Keko (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Coutinho (Barcelona).

Anuar Mohamed (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Valladolid. Duje Cop replaces Enes Ünal.

Attempt missed. Óscar Plano (Real Valladolid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Enes Ünal following a corner.

Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Foul by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).

Toni Villa (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Valladolid. Keko replaces Borja Fernández.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anuar Mohamed (Real Valladolid).

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rubén Alcaraz (Real Valladolid).

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Óscar Plano (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Real Valladolid 0, Barcelona 1. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto with a headed pass.

Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javi Moyano (Real Valladolid).

Hand ball by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22004046
2Real Sociedad21104314
3Atl Madrid21102114
4Sevilla11004133
5Levante11003033
6Real Madrid11002023
7Ath Bilbao11002113
8Huesca11002113
9Getafe21012203
10Celta Vigo10101101
11Espanyol10101101
12Valencia10101101
13Girona10100001
14Leganés201134-11
15Real Valladolid201101-11
16Alavés201103-31
17Real Betis201103-31
18Villarreal100112-10
19Eibar200214-30
20Rayo Vallecano200215-40
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