2-4! Barcelona fell at home, wrote 2 major shames in one night, and sent the big dark horse to surpass Real Madrid to the top
After the new season of La Liga kicked off, Girona rose strongly, breaking the two-man rotation of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the past, and also adding suspense to the ownership of the championship. The 16th round of La Liga continues this weekend, with Real Madrid, who took the lead, drawing away at Betis, and the Galacticos are still at the top of the table, but the lead is only one point. Girona will be the perfect opportunity to reach the top of the table as they travel to Barcelona after beating Atletico Madrid in the last round and the defending champions will be keen to close the gap on the leaders with a win. Lewandowski and Gundogan scored goals in this game, but Barcelona was completely undefended and finally lost 2-4, and Girona replaced Real Madrid to the top.
Xavi continued the 4-3-3 formation, Peña replaced the injured Ter Stegen as the starting goalkeeper, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen and Cancelo formed the defensive quartet, Gundogan, De Jong and Pedri were the three midfielders, Lewandowski was the central striker, and Raphinha and Felix were flanked.
Girona set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Dovbik up front, Savio and Tsygankov forming a double midfield, Miguel Gutiérrez and Jan Coto on one left and one right, Alex Garcia and Ivan Martín in the middle, Blind, David López and Barcelona veteran Eric Garcia forming the defensive line, and the goalkeeper is still Gasaniga.
As soon as the referee's whistle blew, Barcelona controlled the ball through skilful passing, and in the opening three minutes Gundogan passed the ball in the middle and hit Eric Garcia's arm, but VAR signaled that it was not a penalty. Girona, who escaped, quickly broke the deadlock, and in the 13th minute, Eric Garcia's direct pass from the back broke through Barcelona's defense, Tsygankov crossed from an offside position, and Dovbik pushed and scored, 1-0!
However, this conceded goal did not disrupt Barcelona's rhythm. In the 18th minute, Cancelo cut inside on the left and sent in a 45° cross that Raphinha cut in and shot at goal, which was brilliantly cleared by Gasaniga. 1 minute later, Raphinha crossed from a corner, Lewandowski jumped high and beat Eric Garcia's header, and Barcelona equalized, 1-1!
In the 24th minute, Girona cooperated quite well on the left side, Miguel Gutiérrez crossed, and Dovbik rushed to the top and missed. In the 27th minute, Dovbique played the ball with his back in the penalty area, Miguel Gutiérrez cut in and volleyed from a tight angle, and Peña flew to keep the ball out.
In the 32nd minute, Cancelo showed his personal ability, smashed the ball in front of the baseline in one go, shot into the near corner from a small angle, and Gasaniga also blocked the near corner and responded with a wonderful save. In the 40th minute, Barcelona suddenly lost power, the defense at the back was useless, Miguel Gutiérrez drove straight into the ball and easily stabbed in the penalty area, Girona led 2-1 again.
The 22-year-old Miguel Gutiérrez, who came through Real Madrid's academy, couldn't hide his excitement after the goal, sliding on his knees at Barcelona's home stadium to celebrate. In stoppage time, Barcelona's two superstars connected: Pedri sent a pick-up pass, Lewandowski scored against offside, and the instep shot outside the goal was blocked by the opposing goalkeeper, and entered the dressing room with a 1-2 disadvantage.
After returning to the pitch, Barcelona were eager to equalise, but the attack was at a loss and Xavi's successive substitutions did not improve. In the 80th minute, Gasaniga's long pass instigated a counterattack, Stuani pressed Araujo's header to the ferry, Valeri Fernandez played the ball past Jules Kounde, and then calmly pushed it into the net, Girona sealed the victory 3-1.
In the 92nd minute, Yamal passed the ball with the outside instep, Ferran Torres crossed, Gundogan turned and shot into the net, and Barcelona pulled a goal back, but it was too late. Before the end of the game, Stuani scored again, and the score was fixed at 4-2!
In the 2-4 defeat to Girona, Barcelona created two shames: first, Barcelona lost to Girona in an official match for the first time in its history. Second, Barcelona lost at home to Girona for the first time. After winning three points, Girona overtook Real Madrid and led La Liga by two points.