Barcelona played a very interesting game in their last home game in 2021 and took out all three points thanks to their 3-2 victory over Elche at the Camp Nou. Barcelona were the better team for most of the match, but had a brain deadlock to start the second half, conceding two goals and needing a late winner from substitute Nico Gonzalez to get back into the winning ways in the league.
Ferran Gutgla scored his first goal for the first team that was disallowed for offside just two minutes into the match, which was a sign of what was to come. Barcelona completely dominated the first half, with a really dynamic and intense attacking football with the ball moving quickly and the attacking players constantly changing positions and taking the defenders to create chances with speed and skill.
Ez Abde and Ousmane Dembélé were great on the wings, Jutglà looked like a seasoned striker leading the line, but the star of the half was Gavi. The midfielder effectively played as a number 10 and ran the show from this position, linking defense and attack with poise and beautiful intelligence. He also scored an impressive goal, receiving the ball in half a turn and beating two defenders before finding the bottom corner.
It was Barcelona’s second goal, which came just three minutes after Gutla’s corner kick from Ousmane Dembele gave Barcelona the lead. the Blaugrana He had at least two great chances to make the score 3-0, but Frenkie de Jong missed a one-on-one match with the goalkeeper and Jaffe had a certain goal that was turned away from the goal line.
In the first half, the home team put in a dangerously impressive performance with two goals and looked solid before the last half.
the other half
Barcelona came out in the second half missing the focus and intensity they showed in the first half and started receiving chances for Elche while not playing the same high-quality attacking elements from the first 45 minutes. the Blaugrana They looked like they were driving the second half, and they paid for it.
Elche needed just two minutes to turn the game on its head, thanks to goals from Moriente and Milla which Marc-Andre ter Stegen should have done better. Within 100 seconds it was 2-2 with the away team full of confidence, and Barcelona needed to find a way to come back with very few options on the bench.
Xavi brought in Nico Gonzalez and Ricky Puig hoping the duo would bring some creativity and speed in attack, and Barcelona looked more menacing as we got into the final 10 minutes. And against all odds, they found the winner: Gavi played one beautiful match for Dembele and found Nico Gonzalez, who came off the bench to smash the third house and give Barcelona a lead too late.
The hosts managed to hold on to the score and the final whistle came to hand Barcelona a difficult but decisive victory. The first half was excellent and the response after the two Elche goals was very strong, but the situation during the first 20 minutes of the second half is unacceptable. Barcelona don’t have the luxury to beat games with the current state of things, and you have to be focused throughout the 90 minutes. They got away with it this time, but it can’t happen anymore.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Araujo, Eric, Lenglet; de Jong (Puyges 76′), Busquets, Alba; Jaffe. Dembélé, Jutglà (Nico 72′), Abde (Balde 89′)
Objectives: Jutglà (16′), Gavi (19′), Nico (85′)
ElcheBadia; Palacios, Rocco, Gonzalez, and Mojica (Josema 83′); Josan (Morente 46′), Marcone (Gumbau 46′), Mascarell (Guti 60′), Fidel (Mile 60′); Perez, Boye
Objectives: Morenti (62 minutes), Mila (63 minutes)