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Real Valladolid v Barcelona Live Commentary, 11/07/2020

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Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla


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Real Valladolid are next in action against Eibar on Thursday on the road. Barca face Osasuna at Camp Nou in their next contest in their bid for the LaLiga crown.
Barcelona reduce the deficit to Real Madrid at the top of the table to one point courtesy of their win over Real Valladolid this evening. Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute with a composed strike. Enes Unal and Kiko Perez missed decent chances for the hosts, but they were not clinical enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen to miss out on a share of the spoils.
90' + 4' Waldo sees a cutback towards Sandro Ramirez blocked by Alba. However, he gathers the rebound and carves out space for a strike. The effort proves to be tame and saved with ease by Ter Stegen.
90' + 2' SAVE! Ter Stegen is on the spot again for Barca. Unal weaves his way past two challenges before Sandro Ramirez takes the ball from him. He goes for an early strike with power towards the near post, but the keeper beats it away.
90' + 1' Hervias stings the hands of Ter Stegen after combining with Nacho in the final third. The German cannot hold the effort, but the Barca defence is on the case to clear their lines.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Vidal prevents a counter from the home side and feeds Messi. However, the Argentine is halted by a good challenge by Moyano on the edge of the box.
87' Sandro Ramirez collects an offload from Waldo and shoots looking for the angle, but he can only place his effort over the bar.
86' Messi looks for space for a strike on goal from the edge of the box, but he gets dispossessed by Moyano before he can threaten.
84' Waldo sends another dangerous cross deep to the back post from the left flank, but Ter Stegen comes off his line to tip it away from the awaiting Unal.
82' Firpo makes two important interventions at the back. He does enough first time around to edge out Unal in the box, although he concedes a corner. The second comes against Moyano, and this time he puts his body on the line to win a free-kick for the visitors.
81' Waldo makes a surge down the left with his first touch and he gets the better of Semedo. However, Pique is the first to the ball to clear. Perez then takes possession for the hosts, only to see his strike charged down by Rakitic.
Waldo Rubio
Óscar Plano
Real Valladolid
80' Waldo replaces Plano in the final third for the home side.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
78' Alba remonstrates with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz after Pique's miss. The Spaniard felt that his team-mate was fouled in the box. However, he takes his protest too far and goes into the book.
77' The referee takes the chance to take the second cooling break of the contest.
76' Pique rises to connect with a corner from Messi, but he can only guide a tame effort straight at Masip. He looks to the referee in an appeal for a penalty after jostling with Sanchez, but nothing is given.
Junior Firpo
Sergio Busquets
74' Busquets is withdrawn by the visitors and is replaced by Firpo.
72' Suarez looks for a penalty as he goes down in the box under pressure from Sanchez. However, the referee points for a goal-kick. The Uruguayan thought he would get a corner there at the least and he's not happy.
70' Araujo has to rise with Unal at the back to clear the danger from Valladolid's corner from the left flank. Pique completes the clearance, but the pressure is on the visitors.
69' Plano runs at Semedo down the left flank and he wins a corner off the legs of the Barca defender.
67' Sandro Ramirez has space on the left flank and he looks for Perez on the charge, only to place his throughball straight into the path of Pique.
66' Moyano lifts a cross into the box and Unal rises once again to head at goal. This time it proves to be a more comfortable save for Ter Stegen, but the threat remains from the home side.
Kike Pérez
Yellow Card
Real Valladolid
65' Perez brings down Rakitic in the Valladolid half and goes into the book.
63' SAVE! Barcelona win a free-kick of their own on the right flank 30 yards from goal following a foul by Nacho on Rakitic. Messi whips his attempt towards the target. Masip is alert to tip it over the bar, although it was perhaps heading over anyway,.
Sandro Ramírez
Sergi Guardiola
Real Valladolid
61' Sandro Ramirez replaces Guardiola in the final third.
60' SAVE! Ter Stegen produces a vital save to keep Valladolid at bay. Hervias swings a dangerous cross into the box from a free-kick on the right. Unal rises to head down toward the bottom-right corner. However, the German spreads himself to turn the ball away from the net.
58' WIDE! Perez latches on to a flick from Guardiola on the edge of the box. He tries to bend a left-footed strike towards goal, but he sends it wide of the target.
I. Rakitić
Riqui Puig
57' Rakitic is on for Puig in the middle of the park.
R. Araujo
C. Lenglet
57' Araujo replaces Lenglet at the back for the visitors.
56' Barca are trying to find their rhythm at the start of the second half, but the home side are holding their discipline.
54' Perez has to lunge to stop the progress of Messi in the final third. The midfielder is operating from a deeper position in the second half.
52' Perez runs forward from the middle of the park, bursting past Semedo. He works the ball to Unal to strike from distance. The forward sends a decent effort towards goal, but Ter Stegen makes a comfortable save.
51' Perez gets back to make a vital block for the home side, denying the progress of Suarez in the final third.
49' Messi clips a cross towards Sergi Roberto, who lays it off for Puig to strike. The midfielder drills his effort at goal, but a deflection takes it straight to Masip.
47' Nacho sends a threatening cross into the box from the left flank and his delivery just evades Unal before Lenglet clears the danger.
Pablo Hervías
Joaquín Fernández
Real Valladolid
46' Hervias is on for the home side to replace Fernandez.
L. Suárez
A. Griezmann
46' Griezmann won't get the opportunity to get a goal. He is withdrawn for Suarez.
E. Ünal
Rubén Alcaraz
Real Valladolid
46' Alcaraz makes way for Unal for the home side.
We're back underway at the Jose Zorrilla.
Barcelona have been solid this evening but are still not firing all cylinders. All eyes are on Antoine Griezmann as he has struggled once again after being trusted with starting duties. The Frenchman could do with a goal in the second half.
Arturo Vidal's strike is the difference between Real Valladolid and Barcelona as the visitors take the lead into the break. The Chilean finished well after being teed up by Lionel Messi in the box. Jordi Masip was called on to deny Riqui Puig and Nelson Semedo to deny the Catalan club. At the other end Kike Perez slipped at the vital moment to spurn the home side's best opening. However, the game still remains in the balance.
45' + 3' Barca work the ball around the final third looking for space to fire at goal, but the Valladolid defence retains its shape, thwarting Messi and Vidal.
45' + 1' Messi goes for ambitious strike from the resulting free-kick. He goes for the far-left corner from the right flank, but it sails over the bar.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
Rubén Alcaraz
Yellow Card
Real Valladolid
45' Alcaraz catches Vidal on the boot with his studs and goes into the book.
42' Perez gets caught ball-watching and Messi almost penalises him after combining with Alba. However, Guardiola gets back with an important block to deny the Argentine.
42' WIDE! Messi collects a lay-off from Vidal and skips past two challenges on the edge of the box. He shapes to shoot, but sees his effort deflected narrowly wide of the left post by Moyano.
C. Lenglet
Yellow Card
40' Lenglet brings down Plano from behind and goes into the book. The referee signals that it was an accumulation of fouls that resulted in the yellow card.
39' Nacho has space down the left and tries to work a cross back to Guardiola, but Sergio Busquets is there to clear it behind.
37' Perez latches on to a ball over the top and gets between Pique and Lenglet. However, the Valladolid man stumbles at the vital moment and fails to connect with his strike before Ter Stegen smothers the loose ball.
34' We're back underway at the Jose Zorrilla.
32' The referee takes a moment to pause the game for a cooling break.
31' Messi is the first player to reach 20 assists in a single La Liga season since Xavi (20) in 2008/09.
30' SAVE! Messi threads the needle to release Puig in the right inside channel. The Spaniard fires a low ball across the face of goal, looking for Griezmann. However, Masip reads the danger and makes the stop before gathering at the second attempt.
29' Plano finds space on the right flank and he cuts inside to shoot on his left foot. He connects with a powerful strike, but Lenglet is there to deny the winger with a good block.
27' Puig looks for the run of Griezmann down the left flank, but the ball just evades the run of the Frenchman.
Nacho Martínez
Raúl García
Real Valladolid
25' Nacho comes on to the field to replace Raul Garcia.
24' SAVE! Semedo charges into the vacated space left by Raul Garcia on the Valladolid left flank. He goes for a strike from the right inside channel, but Masip holds firm to make the save.
23' Raul Garcia is down for the hosts and is holding his ankle. He looks to have caught it in a challenge with Messi. The left-back will have to leave the field for treatment.
22' Guardiola twists and turns in the final third and goes for a low strike at goal on his left foot. However, it just travels wide of the right post, although Ter Stegen was ready with a dive.
19' CHANCE! Messi sends Semedo down the right flank with a neat pass. The Portuguese cuts the ball back into the middle for Griezmann. He is unmarked and only needs to connect with a strike, but he scuffs his effort well wide.
18' BLOCK! Alcaraz lines up the free-kick, but he can only strike his effort low and straight into the wall. The Barcelona backline are able to clear the danger from the box from the rebound.
17' Alba gives away a needless foul on the edge of the Barcelona box for jumping into the back of Perez.
L. Messi
15' Messi lifts a pass into Vidal, who does the rest with a neat turn and finish.
A. Vidal
15' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! VIDAL PUTS BARCELONA AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!! The Chilean fires his team in front with a well-struck effort from inside the box. Messi feeds a throughball to Vidal, who turns in space in the right inside channel. He blasts his effort hard across goal and it strikes off the post before nestling into the back of the net.
13' Sergi Roberto tries to force a drive through a crowd of players in the Valladolid box. However, the white shirts hold their ground to deny the Barcelona man.
11' Griezmann pounces on a loose pass from Moyano and he breaks into the box. However, he dwells on the ball and his eventual offload to Puig is stymied by the Valladolid defence.
9' Barca have been keen to get their foot on the ball in the Valladolid half, but the home side have been fairly solid to restrict their movement in the final third.
7' Plano gets the better of Busquets down the left flank. He goes for an early cross to the back post, but it deflects off Pique and into the arms of Ter Stegen.
5' SAVE! Semedo surges down the right flank and he cuts the ball back towards Puig in the middle. The midfielder strikes at goal, but Masip gets down to make the stop.
3' Puig tries to win the ball back in the Valladolid half, but he can only bring down Perez.
2' Messi lines up a drive from distance, only to see his effort charged down by Olivas.
1' We're underway at the Jose Zorrilla.
Real Valladolid have lost 11 of their last 12 LaLiga games against Barcelona (W1), conceding 2.8 goals per game on average. Their only win in this run came back in March 2014 at the Jose Zorilla (1-0).
Barcelona have made two changes to their side that defeated Espanyol. Despite his strike against his side's Catalan rivals, Suarez drops out of the side for Griezmann in the final third. Puig gets the nod ahead of Rakitic to start, while Ansu Fati misses out due to suspension.
Villarreal have made six changes to their side that was beaten last time out by Valencia. Moyano, Sanchez, Garcia, Plano, Alcaraz and Sergi all come into the fold to replace Nacho, Antonito, Victor Garcia, Hatem Ben Arfa, Rubio and Unal in the starting line-up.
BARCELONA SUBS: Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, Neto, Martin Braithwaite, Junior Firpo, Ronald Araujo, Arnau Tenas.
BARCELONA (4-3-1-2): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Riqui Puig; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi.
REAL VALLADOLID SUBS: Matheus Fernandes, Enes Unal, Pablo Hervias, Jose Antonio Caro, Antonito, Toni Villa, Sandro Ramirez, Nacho, Waldo Rubio, Miguel De la Fuente, Diego Alende, Victor Garcia.
REAL VALLADOLID (4-5-1): Jordi Masip; Javier Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Javi Sanchez, Raul Garcia; Oscar Plano, Fede San Emerterio, Joaquin Fernandez, Ruben Alcaraz, Kike Perez; Sergi Guardiola.
Barcelona have to win to keep up the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of the table. They begin the evening four points adrift of their rivals, although recent wins over Villarreal and Espanyol have galvanised the Catalan club. Luis Suarez has netted twice in his last two matches to signal a return to form. Quique Setien will need the Uruguayan at his best to ensure that his side leave with the three points tonight.
Real Valladolid are safe from relegation after a solid recent run of form. A four-match unbeaten run, including a win over Deportivo Alaves secured their status in the top division. Valladolid's run was ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Valencia, conceding a late winner from Lee Kang-In. Sergio Gonzalez will still want his men to end the season on a high note by taking the scalp of Barca.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Real Valladolid and Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla.