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Champions mentality! Barcelona winners, losers and ratings as Pedri & Raphinha step up in Osasuna win after Lewandowski sees red

7:00 AM MYT 09/11/2022
Barcelona Osasuna split 2022-23
Barcelona came from a goal down to beat Osasuna 2-1 despite seeing Robert Lewandowski sent off in the first half.

No Lewandowski? No problem. Raphinha and Pedri stepped up to the mark as Barca - often accused of having a soft underbelly - strengthened their title credentials by overcoming adversity and picking up a vital win in one of Spain's toughest away trips.

The Catalans got off to the worst possible start, conceding after just six minutes and seeing their talismanic Pole sent off for a flying challenge on Garcia after just 31 minutes.

Substitute Gerard Pique - playing in his final ever game - also saw red at the break for his complaints to the match officials and it looked like being a long night for the Blaugrana.

But they came straight back into it after the break. Pedri fired home an equaliser just minutes into the second half before substitute Raphinha won it in the 85th minute with a flying header.

Barca now head into the World Cup break with top spot guaranteed - and that type of result will offer real belief that Xavi's side can bring the title back to the Camp Nou this season.

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    Winners

    Pedri:

    Barcelona were heading for a costly defeat at El Sadar until Pedri popped up with a vital equaliser on 48 minutes. The teenager netted for the third time in La Liga this season with a low strike that beat goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez and two of his defenders on the line. The goal gave Barca belief at the start of the second half and was the foundation for the 10 men to go on and take all three points.

    Raphinha:

    Barcelona's winning goal came from the head of Raphinha just minutes after the Brazil international had arrived from the bench. It was a great piece of improvisation from the forward and ensured Barca take home all three points. Raphinha's found life at little tough at Barca recently, struggling for goals and dropping out of the starting XI, but this strike and the result should do him the world of good.

    Barca's title hopes

    Barca were able to capitalise on Real Madrid's surprise defeat to Rayo Vallecano to move five points clear at the summit. Los Blancos can cut the gap on Thursday when they take on Cadiz, but Barca know they will be top of the piile heading into the World Cup no matter what happens at the Santiago Bernabeu. Xavi's side have endured a mixed campaign so far, particularly after an early exit from the Champions League, but this result is a big boost to their hopes of winning La Liga.

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    Losers

    Robert Lewandowski:

    Barcelona's top scorer had a night to forget after being handed his marching orders on the half-hour mark. The Poland international was booked for a poor challenge on Nacho Vidal after 11 minutes and then saw red after needlessly and purposely clattering into David Garcia. It was a crazy moment from Lewandowski and could have proved costly, particularly as Barca were already one down. The striker will now Barca's first game back after the World Cup, the small matter of a local derby against Espanyol.

    Sergio Busquets:

    The Barcelona captain had an awful start to the match that left the visitors a goal down and with a mountain to climb against spirited and quality opposition. Busquets gave up the corner from which Osasuna scored and also failed to mark David Garcia properly from the set-piece, allowing the midfielder to convert. The midfielder was also guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous areas, which led to another chance for Chimy Avila, and was too easily bullied off the ball. Barcelona waved goodbye to Gerard Pique last time out and, on this evidence, Busquets should not be too far behind.

    Gerard Pique:

    Pique was given an emotional send-off last time out on his final Camp Nou appearance, but his final ever match for the Catalan giants ended in ignominy at Osasuna. The defender was named on the bench for the game but ended up being sent-off at half-time, ensuring he had no chance of making a swansong appearance. Pique was clearly riled up at the break and walked onto the pitch to remonstrate with the match officials after seeing his team go 1-0 down and lose Lewandowski to a red card. The complaints did no good whatsoever with Pique also earning a red on the final outing of his career. To make matters worse, Xavi confirmed after the match that he would have come on if available.

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    Barcelona Ratings: Defence

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6/10): Was rooted to his line for the goal but tipped over a brilliant effort from Chimy Avila in the second half.

    Alejandro Balde (7/10): The teenage left-back started on the right again and had his hands full against Avila. Used his pace well and saw a decent shot fly wide.

    Andreas Christensen (6/10): Back in the starting XI after injury and did OK. Tired as the game went on and replaced on 75 minutes.

    Marcos Alonso (6/10): Deployed at center-back and will feel he should have had a free-kick after being clattered for the opening goal.

    Jordi Alba (7/10): A threat down the left and put some quality deliveries into the penalty area. Involved in the equaliser

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    Midfield

    Sergio Busquets (3/10): Poor showing from the captain who was careless in possession, beaten easily on the ball and looked a shadow of his usual self.

    Pedri (7/10): Got Barca back into the game with a low strike after good work from Jordi Alba.

    Frenkie de Jong (8/10): Did a good job in midfield and ended up central defence alongside Alonso after Christensen went off. Set up Raphinha for the winner with a gorgeous ball upfield.

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    Attack

    Ousmane Dembele (5/10): Some flashes of inspiration down the right but not his best night.

    Robert Lewandowski (2/10): Sent off after just half an hour after two poor challenges.

    Ferran Torres (7/10): Barca’s liveliest attacker. Headed a decent chance over and did get the ball in the back of the net but saw it ruled out for offside. Helped set up Pedri’s goal.

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    Subs & Manager

    Gavi (7/10): Came on for Christensen and added some intensity. Made a vital defensive header late on.

    Ansu Fati (6/10): Almost scored in stoppage time with a great effort.

    Raphinha (8/10): Spoke ahead of the game about how he's struggled to adapt at Barca but came on and won the game with a header.

    Chadi Riad (N/A): The youngster came on the last few minutes.

    Xavi (6/10): A huge win for the Barca coach although his team had to do it the hard way with 10 men. His decision to start three left-backs looked a curious one and he saw his team concede after just six minutes. However, Barca hit back after the break and ended the game strongly with Raphinha coming off the bench to win it.