Spanish La Liga

Barcelona held by promoted Osasuna but Ansu Fati, 16, scores

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Ansu Fati
Ansu Fati (second from right) came on at half-time and scored six minutes later

Barcelona were held by promoted Osasuna as 16-year-old Ansu Fati became the champions' youngest La Liga goalscorer.

Roberto Torres gave Osasuna the lead early on with a sweet volley from Brandon's cross.

Fati came on at half-time for his second Barca appearance and headed in Carles Perez's cross six minutes later to equalise.

Perez then set up Arthur to put Barca ahead with a 16-yard shot but Torres equalised with a late penalty.

That kick was awarded after Gerard Pique handled Oier's cross.

"We did not play well at all, we were awful," said boss Ernesto Valverde.

"They went ahead and we couldn't get close to their area. Then we dominated the play in second half, we took the lead and had the game in our hands but they came back at us and levelled with that absurd penalty.

"We cannot afford to let a game like this one slip, we should have been more assertive on the pitch and kept on attacking."

Who is Fati?

Winger Fati has been with Barcelona's youth academy since 2012. He was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Spain at the age of six with his family.

He has not played for the country of his birth at any level, and Spanish media claim that Spain want to call him up to their youth teams.

Fati was the youngest player to make his Barca debut since 1941 when he came on last Sunday, with 12 minutes remaining, in a 5-2 win over Real Betis.

And this time he was brought on at a crucial point - when Barcelona were behind - and he got them level with a towering header from Perez's cross.

At 16 years and 304 days, he is the third youngest player to ever score in La Liga - after former Malaga player Fabrice Olinga (16y, 98d) and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain (16y, 289d).

Barca's worst start since 2008

Barcelona really missed star forward Lionel Messi, who is yet to play this season because of a calf injury, in another disjointed performance.

They lost on the opening day to Athletic Bilbao before coming from behind to beat Betis last weekend.

After their draw with Osasuna, they have collected just four points, their worst return from three games since 2008-09. However, they went on to win the league that season under Pep Guardiola.

That they needed two goals from substitutes in Fati and Arthur, neither of whom had scored for Barcelona before, and blew a lead late on after battling back will be a concern for boss Ernesto Valverde.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Martínez
  • 2Vidal Miralles
  • 23Hernández
  • 5García
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 10Torres
  • 8Mérida PérezBooked at 13minsSubstituted forMoncayolaat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Sanjurjo
  • 14GarcíaSubstituted forIbáñezat 65'minutes
  • 11Thomas LlamasBooked at 43minsSubstituted forVillarat 78'minutes
  • 9Ávila


  • 1Herrera
  • 12Roncaglia
  • 17Ibáñez
  • 18Villar
  • 20Brasanac
  • 22López
  • 27Moncayola


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forFatiat 45'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 82mins
  • 15LengletBooked at 90mins
  • 18Alba
  • 20RobertoBooked at 32mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 21de JongBooked at 37minsSubstituted forVidalat 82'minutes
  • 27Pérez
  • 17Griezmann
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forArthurat 53'minutes


  • 4Rakitic
  • 8Arthur
  • 16Wague
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Peña
  • 31Fati
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Match Stats

Home TeamOsasunaAway TeamBarcelona
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Osasuna 2, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Osasuna 2, Barcelona 2.

  3. Booking

    Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

    Chimy Avila (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Juan Villar (Osasuna).

  8. Booking

    Jon Moncayola (Osasuna) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jon Moncayola (Osasuna).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Roberto Torres (Osasuna) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Chimy Avila.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jon Moncayola (Osasuna) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nacho Vidal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Frenkie de Jong.

  15. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Osasuna 2, Barcelona 2. Roberto Torres (Osasuna) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Torres (Osasuna) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacho Vidal.

  19. Post update

    Dangerous play by Anssumane Fati (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

    Nacho Vidal (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 31st August 2019

As It Stood

1Ath Bilbao32104137
4Atl Madrid22002026
8Real Madrid21104224
9Celta Vigo311134-14
10Real Valladolid311134-14
11Real Sociedad311123-14
13Real Betis310258-33
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