Monday, March 4, 2024

Girona beat Barcelona and are the new leaders in Spain

Atlético de Madrid won their match and placed third in the table.

Girona claimed sole lead in the Spanish league on Sunday after winning the Catalan derby against visiting Barcelona at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium with a 4-2 win.

The Catalan team is the big revelation of the competition, where it has 41 points, two more than the current runner-up Real Madrid, which on Saturday drew 1-1 against Betis.

“It is something indescribable. I think we did a great job. I am very happy for the team, for the city. “I’m very happy with the people who came to help us,” said full-back Miguel Gutiérrez.

Ukrainian striker Artem Dovbyk opened the scoring for the visitors in the 12th minute, making a clever attack with a shot from the heart of the area, a diagonal from his compatriot that Viktor Tsygankov.

Robert Lewandowski equalized for Barça with his eighth goal of the season, with a powerful header from the center of the area to a Raphinha cross when 19 minutes had passed.

Former merengue Gutiérrez put Girona ahead again when he took a powerful shot that hit the net at mid-length in the 40th minute.

Valery Fernández made the victory more comfortable in the 80th, after winning the duel for the ball against Jules Koundé; From the balcony of that area he took a shot next to the post to enter the nets.

Ilkay Gündogan brought the Blaugranas close at the start of stoppage time with a half-turn inside the area that sent them over the crossbar.

But Uruguayan Christian Stuani scored the final goal by heading home Savio’s cross at the far post in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Barcelona suffered a second failure to fall to fourth position by remaining with 34 points and was surpassed in the tiebreaker criteria by Atlético de Madrid, who a few hours before defeated Almería.

“It’s our fault. We are not at the level we should be. We haven’t been sharp on the ball yet. Me especially,” said Barça midfielder Frenkie de Jong. “We need to improve a lot.”

Dobyk celebrated his eighth goal thanks to a game that is the reflection of Girona this season, after Tsygankov led a long shot from his field that he sent without finding the center of the area to end as a goal .

The quality of the leader of Spanish football was more evident in the goal of Gutiérrez, after they threw away many options to score more goals.

Fernández completed another quick attack born with the clearance of Paulo Gazzaniga that Stuani headed in front of the indifference of Ronald Araujo and that Koundé could not understand leaving the door open for the goal.

Stuani came on as a last-minute substitute to give Barcelona the blow, in what was Girona’s most important win in the history of these derbies against the Catalans.

Atlético de Madrid beat last-placed Almería 2-1 to make it 17 consecutive home wins and put themselves in third position in the championship with a game in hand.

Álvaro Morata and Argentine Ángel Correa scored in the first half as Atlético extended their longest home winning streak in the competition. Almería came close with a goal from Léo Baptistão in the complementary part.

Atlético has 34 points, the same amount as Barcelona. The colchoneros have their postponed duel against Sevilla pending.

In another match, Cádiz drew 1-1 at home with Osasuna.

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