‘Musho’ Barcelona and little Betis. The Barça team beat the Sevillian team 5-0 in a match where all the team’s forwards scored. Joao Félix was the clear protagonist of the match in his debut as a starter. He opened the scoring and assisted Lewandowski without touching the ball. Unbeatable debut of the former Atlético de Madrid player in front of his fans. Afterwards, Ferran Torres and Raphinha joined the goal quote to put Xavi Hernández in serious trouble when it came to deciding. Blessed problem.
And Xavi Hernández already announced it at a press conference: «There will be rotations. But not because of our idea, but because of necessity. In 22 days there are seven games. And there were. The Spanish coach brought on the two Joaos (Cancelo and Félix) and Ferran Torres, who was on a roll after his time with the Spanish team. And from the first minute there was something new compared to previous games.
Joao Cancelo, in attack, went inside as an interior player, which gave the team numerous tactical variants. Therefore, the first part of the match went to the Blaugranas, who dominated possession, but without any important chances. And it was Betis when they had the first clear scoring chance in the 15th minute. Isco went on the counter, as the only man at the top, and fought like a youth (due to desire and effort) against the culé defense. After several rebounds the ball ended up in Luiz Henrique’s boots, but his shot went just past the post.
Manuel Pellegrini, who turned 70 this Saturday, lamented in the band on this occasion of his footballer. By the way, he is involved in a sports betting scandal in his country. A few minutes later, the Sevillian team had another chance, but Ayoze Pérez sent the ball into the side netting.
And when Betis was most comfortable in the match, Joao Félix arrived to score his first goal with the Barcelona shirt and put his team ahead on the scoreboard. The Portuguese made his debut as a starter and restored Xavi Hernández’s confidence by opening the scoring. With suspense, and with a previous failure in the shot, but a goal. The green-and-white team lost the ball on the way out and Barça made them pay dearly. Joao Cancelo stole, Oriol Romeu assisted and Joao Félix, after a bad shot, the ball fell back into his boots to score the first goal of the game. 1-0 almost without deserving it, but things in this sport.
A different Joao Félix
And Joao Félix is the clear example of how football is capable of changing a footballer in a few months. Almost defenestrated and faced with his fans, the Portuguese did not count for Simeone at Atlético. He asked to leave for Barça in the summer and we saw a player with enthusiasm, running, fighting and giving his all on the field. Proof of this was in Barça’s second goal a minute after the half hour mark.
Lewandowski appeared alone in front of Rui Silva’s goal thanks to an assist without touching the ball by the true protagonist of the match. Joao Félix invented again and brought out his magic to walk on the grass of the Montjuic Stadium. The Portuguese saw how the Pole became unmarked, opened his legs to let the ball pass and give a perfect ‘assist’. 2-0 and match almost solved.
After this goal, the game cooled down, but there was time for two very clear chances. One for each side in injury time: William José had it first, but Ter Stegen did his thing again, saving his team. A minute later, Joao Félix was able to put an end to the game on the counterattack, but Rui Silva also made a great save. The game went to half-time with a 2-0 finally deserved for the locals.
At the end of the break, Manuel Pellegrini was forced to make two changes. One out of pure necessity and another to try to change the sign of the party. The first, Rui Silva was injured and the youth squad Vieites had to come on. The other, Abde, who debuted with the Betis shirt against his former team and his former teammates.
But the reality is that Barcelona had the game under control throughout the entire second half. The pace of the match dropped noticeably, also perhaps due to the effort of the players due to the national team break, and it worked out perfectly for the Barça team.
But Ferran Torres, nicknamed ‘The Shark’ in recent weeks for his resilient mentality, also wanted to join the event with the goal. The Spaniard was in charge of taking a free kick from the edge of the area, sending the ball outside the barrier. The former Valencia player exploded with joy at a celebration where all of his teammates joined in to congratulate him.
Although that was not going to be the last goal of the match. Raphinha, who had lost the starting position following the expulsion in Getafe, wanted to show Xavi that he is prepared to return to the eleven. The Brazilian scored a great goal from outside the area after a great combination between Lamine Yamal and Lewandowski.
And the other Joao closed the little hand. Cancelo scored a great goal in a beautiful joint play by Barcelona. The former Manchester City player received on the right wing, drove, I’m still driving, he dribbled past Miranda, cut him back and sent the ball to the back of the net in a shot in which the goalkeeper could do something more. 5-0 and unbeatable feelings after the national team break.
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