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Spain, La Liga: Barca misses the chance for second place

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Spain, La Liga: Barca misses the chance for second place

As of: March 3, 2024 11:10 p.m

The Spanish football champions FC Barcelona missed the chance to jump to second place. Despite the 0-1 (0-1) defeat of the surprise team FC Girona at Real Mallorca, the Catalans were unable to overtake their regional rivals on Sunday evening (03.03.24) due to a zero number against cup finalists Athletic Bilbao.

At least the team of national team captain Ilkay Gündogan and national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen moved within one point of Girona. With a seven point lead, record champions Real Madrid (2-2 on Saturday at FC Valencia) are confidently at the top. Their pursuers Girona are visibly running out of steam, the team suffered their third defeat in the last four encounters on Mallorca. Barcelona, ​​on the other hand, extended their winning streak in the Basque Country to six games without defeat (14 points).

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Real also only drew, Bellingham sees red

Leaders Real Madrid achieved a 2-2 draw at FC Valencia before the Champions League second leg against Leipzig in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday evening (March 2nd, 2024). The Royals made up for a 2-0 deficit and Jude Bellingham had to leave the field in the turbulent final phase.

Bellingham became the protagonist of a wild final phase: the Englishman briefly felt like the supposed match winner when he scored with a header in the ninth minute of added time.

But referee Jesus Gil Manzano blew the whistle immediately after the cross into Valencia’s penalty area. The Real players then stormed the referee. In the ensuing turmoil, Bellingham was shown a red card.

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But Real were lucky that they were able to take a point in the end. Hugo Duro (27th) and Roman Yaremchuk (30th) put the hosts in the lead with a quick double. A brace from Vinicius Junior (45th + 5th, 76th) secured the “Royal” a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down.

Real with a lot of luck in stoppage time

Things got really wild again in stoppage time – and Valencia were significantly closer to victory: Real’s Nacho first saved the game with a tackle in dire need against Duro (90’+1). The referee initially decided on a penalty, but according to the video images, he withdrew the whistle. A little later, Real goalkeeper Andriy Lunin deflected a shot from Peter Gonzalez past the goal (90+6). With another chance, Gonzalez shot over the goal (90+7).

Diakhaby seriously injured

Players and spectators experienced a shocking moment beforehand. Shortly before the end of regular time, Aurelian Tchouameni slipped onto the right leg of Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby in a challenge. The hosts’ defender was left screaming in pain and carried off the field.

Antonio Rüdiger and Toni Kroos played for Madrid from the start. Kroos was substituted for Luka Modric in the second half (63′). With 66 points, Real leads the table ahead of FC Girona (59) and FC Barcelona (57), who could reduce the gap on Sunday.

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