FC Barcelona built on from their last La Liga win with all three points in the bag against Elche. The victory continues Barca unbeaten streak in the league since last month.
The Catalan based side started the game with a little tweak in the line up against Valencia, with Ousmanne Dembele and Gavi being preferred up front as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s partners.
Barca started the game strong, but Elche was the one who posed more threat going forward. The best chance of the first half fell to Frenkie de Jong after a Dembele effort was parried by the goalkeeper to his way. However, the Dutchman fluffed his opportunity, playing the ball straight into the path of an Elche defender after being through on goal.
Frenkie de Jong will also get another one on one chance, but wasted same opportunity again. However, for their lackluster attitude in front of the post, Barca was punished with a counter-attack which resulted in a goal scored by Fidel in the 44th minute.
The second half of the game began with a much improved Barca side who dominated proceedings but failed to break down Elche’s defense until Ferran Torres broke the deadlock after he was subbed in for Gavi.
Both teams came close to scoring on several occasions, but it was Barca who got lucky after an Elche player handled the ball in his own half to gift the Catalans a penalty. Memphis Depay stepped up and converted the penalty kick to give Barca a 1-2 lead going into the final minutes of the match. The game ended on same scoreline.
The win means FC Barcelona has moved a place up to third position at 48 points having played 26 matches and with an outstanding match.
Real Betis who has occupied the 3rd position for a while now currently sits at 4th position on the table, two (2) points behind Barca and a game in hand to play for.