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0-2: UD Almería lack pinpoint accuracy against FC Barcelona

The hopeful Rojiblancos created many scoring chances at the Power Horse Stadium, but their lack of creativity in attack condemned them against the Culés, who did not miss the few they whipped in

Despite playing a fairly good game, UD Almería were unable to score against FC Barcelona on home turf. The Culés knew how to make the most of the lack of pinpoint accuracy of the Rojiblancos. Fermín earned Barça all three points thanks to a wonderful brace.

The hosts lacked creativity in attack and in spite of the previous defeat at the Benito Villamarín stadium against Betis, the team put in a powerful attacking display, which is why head coach Pepe Mel barely rotated the starting XI. Only two changes were made in defence, César Montes came on for injured Edgar, while Bruno Langa took Centelles' place. 

The Rojiblancos started the match against FC Barcelona looking hopeful and optimistic, with clear ideas and defensive and attacking skills. In fact, Bruno Langa could have put his side ahead with an explosive shot from inside the six-yard box, but keeper Ter Stegen denied him as failed to yield the opening goal. Once the quarter of an hour had passed, Fermín slotted the Blaugranas ahead after heading in past just a few yards away from Maximiano. Despite this setback, the Indálicos did not collapse and continued putting in a brave fight with hopes and Baptistão was very, very close to grabbing the leveller. After a great solo play, the Brazilian was left alone against the German goalkeeper, yet his strike went close to the post. 

When the first half was coming to an end, in the 42nd minute, Embarba squandered another great chance to make it 1-1. An exceptional cross from Jonathan Viera left the Rojiblanco attacker in a good position, although somewhat off the mark for the shot. His crossed and low attempt crashed into the post unfortunately. Pepe Mel's side deserved a draw, but, despite their fine efforts, UD Almería went down the tunnel trailing 0-1.

The second half saw by far the clearest of all the opportunities conjured up by UD Almería. A loose ball inside the six-yard box was picked up by Choco Lozano a few yards from the goal, but the Honduran tried to adjust so much so that his shot was missed, just grazing the post of the goal defended by Ter Stegen, without a doubt, the clearest chance for the Andalusian team.

Just like in the opening half, the first opportunity that Barça had was seized. Fermín was on fire as he fired in his second, leaving the Rojiblancos disheartened as they did not manage to find the back of the Catalans' net.

Once inicial UD Almería
Leo Baptistao tuvo una gran oportunidad en el primer tiempo
Embarba mandó un balón al palo
Marcos Peña jugó los noventa minutos y volvió a realizar un gran partido
Bruno Langa salió de titular y estuvo muy activo tanto en defensa como en ataque
El Choco tuvo una ocasión muy clara nada más comenzar el segundo tiempo
Match summary
UD Almería
UD Almería
LALIGA EA SPORTS · M36
0
-
2
Power Horse Stadium
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
Line-ups
Maximiano photo
25Maximiano
Ter Stegen photo
01Ter Stegen
Marc Pubill photo
18Marc Pubill80
I. Martinez photo
05I. Martinez
Chumi photo
21Chumi
Kounde photo
23Kounde
C. Montes photo
22C. Montes
Cubarsí photo
33Cubarsí
Bruno Langa photo
24Bruno Langa
Héctor Fort photo
39Héctor Fort73
Robertone photo
05Robertone
Pedri photo
08Pedri82
Jonathan Viera photo
08Jonathan Viera67
16Fermin
Marcos Peña photo
26Marcos Peña
S. Roberto photo
20S. Roberto68
Embarba photo
10Embarba79
Ferran photo
07Ferran72
L. Baptistao photo
12L. Baptistao58
Lewandowski photo
09Lewandowski68
Lozano photo
15Lozano58
Lamine Yamal photo
27Lamine Yamal
Substitutes
Pepe Mel
Xavi Hernández
D. Mariño photo
01D. Mariño
Iñaki Peña photo
13Iñaki Peña
Fernando C.s. photo
13Fernando C.s.
31Kochen
Radovanovic photo
16Radovanovic
02Joao Cancelo73
Alex Pozo photo
17Alex Pozo80
Christensen photo
15Christensen68
Centelles photo
20Centelles79
Marcos A. photo
17Marcos A.
Paco Sanz photo
27Paco Sanz
Romeu photo
18Romeu82
Lopy photo
06Lopy
M. Casadó photo
30M. Casadó
Melero photo
11Melero67
Raphinha photo
11Raphinha
Arribas photo
19Arribas
João Félix photo
14João Félix68
L. Suárez photo
09L. Suárez58
Vitor Roque photo
19Vitor Roque72
I. Kone photo
23I. Kone
38Luka58
Goals
(0 - 1)
Fermin
13
(0 - 2)
Fermin
66
Match officials
Javier Alberola Rojas
Referee
Alfredo Rodríguez Moreno
Lineman#1
Teodoro Sobrino Magán
Lineman#2
Francisco José Ortega Herrera
Fourth official
Santiago Jaime Latre
Video Assistant Referee
Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Assistant VAR Official