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Piqué keeps Barça alive in the Champions League

Piqué keeps Barça alive in the Champions League

A goal by Piqué in the first half gave Barcelona the victory by the minimum against Dinamo Kiev (1-0) and keeps the Barça team alive in the Champions League, where they achieved their first points in a game that they deserved to win. , despite starring in another more than discreet performance.

Barça was much superior to the young Lucescu team, unable to put Ter Stegen in trouble, but who managed to stay with options to score at the Camp Nou until the end and that was gaining in confidence as the Catalan squad, lack of spark and resources, he allowed himself to be invaded by boredom until it infected his fans.

Koeman again bet on Dest of right winger in the 4-3-3 that he had successfully tested against Valencia, but this time the American counted as teammates in the offensive trident with Memphis and Luuk de Jong instead of Ansu Fati, a difference more than noticeable compared to the last league match.

Still, De Jong had two chances to overtake his team in the first half. First, he inexplicably headed the ball out when he was alone in front of Bushchan. And shortly after, the Dinamo goalkeeper flew to the left post to deflect a shot from the front of the Dutch striker.

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Dest also had a couple of clear opportunities to beat the Ukrainian side: a very forced header on the first play of the game and a point-blank shot that Bushchan blocked to prevent the goal.

Almost all those goal plays had their origin in the boots of Jordi Alba, whose centers from the left wing became practically the only resource for Barça to make some football before the break.

Half an hour into the game had passed and Koeman was beginning to lose patience due to his team’s lack of aim. So he called Ansu Fati and Coutinho to warm up before the joy of the Camp Nou.

But both had just started to run the band when Piqué appeared to finish off, throwing himself to the ground and connecting violently with the right, another center of Alba at the back of the net.

That allowed the Catalans to leave with an advantage at halftime against a young Dinamo who was too demanding on balls bypassing, who spent the game shrinking balls to stay afloat and who was unable to approach the rival goal with danger, not even timidly. .

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Koeman brought Ansu Fati into half-time for Luuk de Jong and Countinho for Mingueza, delaying Dest to the side. Barça already had their two best men on the field against Valencia, but it was only noticed at the beginning of the second half.

Ansu, one of those few players who seems touched by a magic wand, created the first dangerous play of the Barça team out of nowhere after the restart.

The Hispano-Guinean pressured the exit of Bushchan forcing an error in the control of the goalkeeper that would end the ball in the boots of Memphis. This, from the ground, gave it to the new ’10’ of Barça, who would try to beat the goal of Dinamo in an acrobatic action, with his back to the frame, who could not find the visiting door.

Countinho would also prove it with a couple of high shots, but there the local offensive flow ended in the second half. The Ukrainian team, each time better placed in the field, tried until the end and made Barcelona retreat in several quick transitions. However, he did not get to shoot between the three sticks throughout the game.

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That saved Barça, which did not end up asking for the time, but was whistled by the Camp Nou, which could not even console itself with the entry of Agüero in the final stretch. And the thing is, with Kun in the field, nothing happened that the stands can remember either.

– Data sheet:

1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Countinho, min.46), Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi (Sergi Roberto, min.69); Dest, Memphis (Agüero, min.75) and Luuk de Jong (Ansu Fati, min.46).

0 – Dynamo Kiev: Bushchan; Kedziora (Tymchyk, min.78), Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov (Karavaev, min.85), Buyalskyi (Eric Ramírez, min.85), Carlos da Pena (Vitinho, min.61); Supryaha (Garmash, min.61).

Goals: 1-0: Piqué, min.36.

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA). He showed a yellow card to Frenkie de Jong (min.90).

Incidents: Match of the third day of Group E of the Champions League played at the Camp Nou before 45,968 spectators. EFE (HN)

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