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Real Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona: Vidal goal keeps alive Barca title hopes

Arturo Vidal
Barcelona's Arturo Vidal has the best shot conversion rate of anyone to take 20 or more shots in La Liga this season

Barcelona moved within a point of leaders Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a narrow win at Real Valladolid.

Arturo Vidal scored the only goal, with a low effort into the bottom left corner from Lionel Messi's pass.

The hosts had chances to level but were denied by poor finishing and Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Madrid, who have a game in hand, travel to Granada in their next game on Monday.

Had Barcelona failed to win, Zinedine Zidane's side would have had the opportunity to clinch the title in their next fixture. As it stands, Real are a point clear with the advantage of a better head-to-head record.

Head coach Quique Setien surprisingly omitted Luis Suarez from his starting XI in favour of 20-year-old midfielder Riqui Puig.

And while Barca started brightly and dominated possession, they and Messi faded as the game wore on.

While the Argentine was kept relatively quiet, he did bring up another notable milestone, becoming the first La Liga player to contribute 20 assists in a season since his former team-mate Xavi, in 2008-09.

Line-ups

Real Valladolid

  • 1Masip
  • 17Moyano Lujano
  • 4Olivas Alba
  • 5Sánchez de Felipe
  • 6GarcíaSubstituted forMartínez Garcíaat 25'minutes
  • 16San Emeterio Díaz
  • 24FernándezSubstituted forHervíasat 45'minutes
  • 28PérezBooked at 65mins
  • 14AlcarazBooked at 45minsSubstituted forÜnalat 45'minutes
  • 7Guardiola NavarroSubstituted forRamírezat 61'minutes
  • 10PlanoSubstituted forRubioat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fernandes Siqueira
  • 9Ünal
  • 11Hervías
  • 13Caro
  • 18Regal Angulo
  • 19Villa Suárez
  • 20Ramírez
  • 22Martínez García
  • 23Rubio
  • 29De la Fuente
  • 30Alende
  • 35García

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15LengletBooked at 40minsSubstituted forAraújoat 57'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 78mins
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forFirpoat 74'minutes
  • 20Roberto
  • 28PuigSubstituted forRakiticat 57'minutes
  • 22Vidal
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forSuárezat 45'minutes
  • 10Messi

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 9Suárez
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 24Firpo
  • 33Araújo
  • 36Tenas
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamReal ValladolidAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Valladolid 0, Barcelona 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Valladolid 0, Barcelona 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Junior Firpo (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Javi Moyano (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kike Pérez (Real Valladolid).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Real Valladolid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Enes Ünal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sandro Ramírez (Real Valladolid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Waldo Rubio.

  9. Post update

    Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kike Pérez (Real Valladolid).

  11. Post update

    Junior Firpo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Javi Moyano (Real Valladolid).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Junior Firpo.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kike Pérez (Real Valladolid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Valladolid. Waldo Rubio replaces Óscar Plano.

  16. Booking

    Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi Moyano.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Junior Firpo replaces Sergio Busquets.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 11th July 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid35248364214380
2Barcelona36247580364479
3Atl Madrid361715448262266
4Sevilla351712651341763
5Villarreal351761257451257
6Getafe351411104334953
7Real Sociedad35156145346751
8Valencia351311114551-650
9Granada35148134542350
10Ath Bilbao351212113931848
11Osasuna361212124251-948
12Levante35127164249-743
13Real Betis361011154756-941
14Real Valladolid36815132940-1139
15Eibar3599173451-1736
16Celta Vigo36715143546-1136
17Alavés3598183253-2135
18Mallorca3595213759-2232
19Leganés35611182549-2429
20Espanyol3559212755-2824
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