Barcelona player ratings: Jordi Alba heroics paper over yet another Robert Lewandowski no-show
Jordi Alba grabbed a late goal to salvage an otherwise uninspiring performance from Barcelona, with his bobbled strike meaning Robert Lewandowski's latest no-show will be papered over after the 1-0 win over Osasuna.
Pedri came closest for the Blaugrana in the first half, steering Alejandro Balde's cross wide with half the goal to hit. But Barca were kept otherwise quiet, even after Osasuna lost a man when Jorge Herrando dragged down Pedri as he ran through on goal.
They were equally disappointing after the break. Lewandowski had a series of half-chances, but failed to capitalise on the few pockets of space he was offered by a resolute Osasuna back line. The Pole thought he'd won it late on, but saw his tap in correctly ruled out for offside.
But a winner eventually came, with substitute Alba slicing a shot over the outstretched hand of Aitor Fernandez. It was an awkward strike to cap off a poor showing, with Lewandowski's inconsistency surely of some concern, while Barca's languid play doesn't inspire confidence.
Still, Xavi's league leaders grabbed another three points, and are one game closer to sealing the Liga title for good.
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