Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski led his team Barcelona to a valuable 1-0 victory over hosts Valencia in the twelfth stage of the Spanish football championship on Saturday.
Barcelona looked set to fall into the trap of a disappointing draw after their humiliating 3-0 defeat at hosts Bayern Munich on Wednesday and exiting the Champions League competition empty-handed, but Lewandowski rescued them with the winner in stoppage time after a cross from Brazilian substitute Rafinha.
Lewandowski consolidated his position as the top scorer with 13 goals.
The Catalan club, who lost the services of defenders Eric Garcia and Frans Jules Conde to injury three weeks before the World Cup in Qatar, produced a disappointing performance despite possessing their players throughout the match without creating real opportunities. score points.
Leva was only able to take advantage of his second chance in the game, after the left post returned his header in the first half.
Barcelona, who won their third straight win and tenth in La Liga this season, temporarily took the lead with 31 points and a goal difference from arch-rivals Real Madrid, the defending champions, who host Girona on Sunday.
Valencia suffered a painful blow with the ankle injury to its new international goalscorer, veteran Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, who left his place for Brazilian Marcos Andre.
Barcelona defender Garcia was also injured and left his place to Marcos Alonso, then Conde injured his left thigh and was replaced by Gerard Pique.
The most prominent and dangerous opportunity in the match came in the 44th minute when Jordi Alba sent in a cross which Lewandowski followed up with his header bouncing off the left post.
The substitute, former Valencia striker Ferran Torres, was given a golden opportunity to open the scoring after receiving a ball in front of the empty goal, which he could not follow, so it was prepared for Rafinha, who shot over the three wood. .
But the Brazilian compensated with a superb pass inside the area, which he followed up from close range towards goal.
Kadesh increases the misfortunes of Atletico
Cadiz added to the suffering of their host Atletico Madrid when they beat them 3-2.
Atlético Madrid’s defeat came three days after it drew 2-2 with host Bayer Leverkusen in the fifth and penultimate round of the Champions League, leaving them empty-handed.
On the other hand, Cadiz got its third win this season and temporarily moved up to eighteenth place with 10 points, one point ahead of Girona, who are a guest of Real Madrid on Sunday.
Cadiz surprised its host with an early goal after 28 seconds, scored by Congolese Democratic Theo Bongonda, after a pass from Uruguayan Alfonso Espino.
Atletico Madrid suffered a painful blow when international striker Alvaro Morata was injured in the tenth minute and left his place to Brazilian Mateos Cunha.
Argentine coach Diego Simeone’s men were two goals behind when midfielder Alex Fernandes increased the hosts’ lead in the 81st minute.
The capital side benefited from the gift of Cadiz defender Luis Hernandez, who scored by mistake, before Portugal international Joao Felix equalized in the 89th minute after a pass from fellow France international Antoine Griezmann, but the striker Ruben Sobrino grabbed the winning goal for Cadiz. in the ninth minute of overtime.
The nightmare continued for Atlético Madrid, who missed a decisive penalty in stoppage time in their match against Bayer Leverkusen in the prestigious continental competition. Scoring it would have given them victory and thus kept their hopes of the second card alive of the group to compete after the first book by Club Brugge.
Belgium international striker Yannick Carrasco missed a penalty after Finnish goalkeeper Lukasz Hradetsky, followed by substitute Saul Neges, hit the crossbar and set up for Brazilian Konya, who hit it and hit Carrasco and left the field.
Atlético Madrid faces the risk of not continuing its continental campaign in the European League, “European League”, as it occupies third place, one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, the last fourth.
Atlético need to beat their second-placed Portuguese hosts Porto, who are vying for the top spot in the group with Club Brugge, by one point, and the latter are guests of Leverkusen.
Sevilla, who in turn came out of the Champions League empty-handed on Tuesday, were no better than Atletico Madrid, losing 1-0 at home to Rayo Vallecano, scored by Alvaro Garcia in the 61st minute.
This is the second consecutive loss for Sevilla and the sixth this season, so his balance froze at 10 points, and he fell to seventeenth place.
This is the sixth consecutive game in which the team from Andalucía has failed to win at home in the league after 3 draws and the same defeats.
Almeria deepened the wounds of its host Celta Vigo when they beat them 3-1.
Celta Vigo were the first to score through their midfielder Vega, but the latter was sent off in the 32nd minute for a strong tackle on Almeria’s Argentine midfielder Lucas Robertoni.
The hosts waited for the second half to take advantage of the numerical deficit and scored three goals through Brazilian Lazaro, Cesar de la Hos and Inigo Iguaras.
This is the seventh defeat for Sta Vigo this season and the fourth in the last five games in which they have not tasted victory, so their balance froze at 11 points and fell to fifteenth place, two points behind Almeria.
Sunday will also see Osasuna meet with Valladolid, Athletic Bilbao with Villarreal, and Real Sociedad with Real Betis, with the stage ending on Monday with a meeting of Elche with Getafe.