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Barça avoids the 'abyss' against Unionistas with great goals and is in the quarterfinals of the Cup

Published:18/01/2024 - 21:25h

Updated:19/01/2024 - 01:31h

FC Barcelona has suffered, but is in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. The Unionistas fought, but their 'wall' collapsed in the second half so that the great goals from Jules Koundé and Alejandro Balde did justice

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There are forms to suffer and the FC Barcelona has them 'tested' all in what it goes of season. In Glass of the King the history has not been very different, but have 'saldado' the two histories with victory. The ones of Xavi Hernández are in the quarter-finals, waiting for his rival, although with more suspense of the that expected : The Unionistas advanced very soon and forced to the Catalans to row to contracorriente and throw of the heavy artillery to rescue the party and ensure the continuity in the tournament of the 'KO'.

They have been two very different histories, a very equalised with two teams that wanted to impose in the marker and another in which the command has been total by part of the Catalans. The Barça has to remain with the positive, like the golazos of Jules Koundé and Alejandro Balde, but also take note to avoid commit errors so grave in defence: Against a team of First RFEF can 'resolve' and give the turn, but one of the same category always goes to give more war.

The Barça began losing (and with doubts)

The Barça, if something has showed in this season, hardly escapes of the suffering. It does not matter that it was a team 'top' or one of First RFEF. In the Glass of Rey, in his eighth of final, went back to suffer to be able to impose: Of each good deed that complete in attack, are two bad in defence that finish him prejudicing. Even with a Unionistas of Salamance that, to base of pure and illusion and faith, did to suffer to a Barcelona picture that follows without giving the definite step to impose and recover the good feelings.

And it is that in the stadium Queen Sofia for the Barcelona was an ideal stage to heave flight after the fall against the Real Madrid, but the suffering was the same. During the first-half of the clash, the defensive fragility was the mark of the house and left to the Barça in a situation limit, with a goal against to the half hour of party and a sea of doubts. The occasions did not be missing, because the culés attained to dominate and do with the territorial command and absolute presence in the area of Iván Martínez, but at all could do in front of a group of the 'charros' that defended well and that, in all the first part, only committed an error.

And it is that for the unionistas the history was simple in the 45': Two arrivals in the first time; a very clear to the minute of party in a one against one that Losada could not resolve and another to the half hour thank you a 'gift' of the culés. In a shrinking, Alejandro Balde did not cover his band and allowed that Álvaro Gómez arrived free to the second stick, in the left, so that it finished with a precise volley that nailed in the deepest of the network for 'raise' to all Queen Sofia. They could put the second after a new permisiva exit of the Barça that finish with a bad finish of Serrano.

Stubble had a very clear, after a good career to arrive to the area, only again, and retar to Iñaki Crag to take out the gloves and command it to corner. To the exit and after a bad approach of Unionistas, Joao Félix put a good pass so that Ferran Torres went in career until arriving to the small area, without mark that him 'contested' the balloon, and finished without mercy in front of Martínez, that could not do at all to avoid the tie.

Reaction and goleada of the Barça necessary

The 1-1 explained what happened in the lawn, but left more doubts that anything for the Barça... And it forced to Xavi Hernández to take part: it Changed to a 'touched' Andreas Christensen by Pau Cubarsí and to the hour of party threw of the heavy artillery to try reconducir the course of the party: Gündogan, Pedri and Lewandowski ingresaron to the terrain of game and the command kept without discussion. The Unionistas held what could, but knew that the goal could fall anytime. And it appeared Jules Koundé dressed of Ronald Koeman as in his best times of Barcelona.

To avoid that it extended the disaster, the Barça threw of one of the alternatives that have used little in this season: the finish from long distance. The surprising is that it was the central French the one who appeared, without that anybody expected it to him, to command a finish from out of the area and direct the party. A dry shot, with a lot of power and in which there was not at all that do: Iván Martínez fell surrendered without options to answer. And it went the beginning of the tranquility for the Catalans.

The joy extended , because it also appeared Alejandro Balde with a version much more resembled the one of the past season that enamoró to all the Barça to première like goleador: it Threw of his speed for colarse in the area and, without angle, commanded a zapatazo potentísimo that hit in the crossbar for colarse in the deepest of the network and give back to the culés the 'peace' that so much were missing them. Balde Happened to be 'signalled', by his bad mark in the 1-0, to be one of the saviours of a Barça that already is in quarter-finals of the Glass of Rey.

It has been a party complicated, longer of the expected, but that serves of learning for the ones of Xavi Hernández: they can not trust, not even with a team of First RFEF. Now it remains to learn of the 'stick' and try impose in the chambers. The Barça will know in brief his rival and already will be one 'big', by what will not be able to allow these errors. Another team would not forgive it.

Technical index card of the party: Unionistas CF 1-3 FC Barcelona

  • Unionistas CF: Iván Martínez; Ekaitx, Ramiro Mayor, Erik Ruiz, Carlos Giménez; Jordi Tur, Adri Gómez, Serrano, Álvaro Gómez; Stubble and Mario Losada.
  • FC Barcelona: Iñaki Crag; Sergi Roberto, Koundé, Andreas Christensen (min. 45, Cubarsí), Balde; Oriol Romeu, Frenkie of Jong, Fermín López (min. 60, Gündogan) ; Ferran Torres, Guiu (min. 60, Lewandowski) and Joao Félix (min. 60, Pedri).
  • Referee: Hernández Maeso
  • Incidences: corresponding Party to the eighth of final of the Glass of Rey
  • Goals of the party: 1-0, Álvaro Gómez (min. 31); 1-1, Ferran Torres (min. 45); 1-2, Jules Koundé (min. 69); 1-3, Alejandro Balde (min. 73).

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