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Elche 0-2 Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong helps send Barca third

Frenkie de Jong scored one goal and created another to send Barcelona third in La Liga with victory at Elche.

De Jong converted from close range after Elche defender Diego Gonzalez diverted a cross towards his own net.

The Dutchman broke clear late on and clipped a cross to the back post for Riqui Puig to head in his first senior goal for Barca on his 25th appearance.

Elche should have levelled in the second half when Emiliano Rigoni ran clear but his effort was saved.

The visitors could have added to their tally but goalkeeper Edgar Badia was in inspired form, making stunning saves to deny Ousmane Dembele and twice from Trincao.

Elche extended their winless run to 13 games and stay in trouble in the relegation zone, two points from safety, though they do have two games in hand on 17th-place Osasuna.

Ronald Koeman's side move above Sevilla into third, seven points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who host Valencia later on Sunday (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Elche

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Badia
  • 19Barragán
  • 5Verdú
  • 2González
  • 25Mojica
  • 4Marcone
  • 17Ferrández Pomares
  • 14Gutiérrez ParejoSubstituted forMorente Olivaat 74'minutes
  • 8RodríguezSubstituted forMartinez Modestoat 82'minutes
  • 22RigoniSubstituted forSánchez Benítezat 75'minutes
  • 9Boyé

Substitutes

  • 1Rodríguez
  • 3Sánchez Miño
  • 7Martinez Modesto
  • 10Milla
  • 11Morente Oliva
  • 15Sánchez Benítez
  • 20Lucumí
  • 23Garrido Cifuentes
  • 24Sánchez Guillén
  • 26Donald
  • 32Barri
  • 33Salinas

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 28Mingueza
  • 4Araujo
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 21de Jong
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 68mins
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forPuigat 87'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 74'minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 84mins
  • 9Braithwaite

Substitutes

  • 2Dest
  • 8Pjanic
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 19Fernandes Siqueira
  • 24Firpo
  • 29De la Fuente
  • 36Tenas
Referee:
Valentín Pizarro Gómez

Match Stats

Home TeamElcheAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home4
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Elche 0, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Elche 0, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

  4. Post update

    Óscar Mingueza (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Iván Marcone (Elche).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Elche 0, Barcelona 2. Riqui Puig (Barcelona) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Riqui Puig replaces Pedri.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Trincão (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

    Lucas Boyé (Elche) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Booking

    Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Iván Marcone (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Trincão (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Nino replaces Víctor Rodríguez.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Rodríguez (Elche).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tete Morente.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luismi (Elche).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 24th January 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid1815213682847
2Real Madrid19124334161840
3Barcelona19114439172237
4Sevilla19113526161036
5Villarreal2081022819934
6Real Sociedad2087531181331
7Granada208482434-1028
8Real Betis208392634-827
9Celta Vigo206682431-724
10Cádiz206681727-1024
11Levante195862728-123
12Getafe186571618-223
13Ath Bilbao186392122-121
14Valencia204882629-320
15Eibar204881721-420
16Real Valladolid204882029-920
17Osasuna204791929-1019
18Alavés2046101829-1118
19Elche183871625-917
20Huesca2011091429-1513
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