Direct This was the Intercity-Barça
Intercity is a
team, an inexplicable club that accumulates promotions and feats, the worst rival that
could find because their impudence has no end.
It was not difficult for him to expose the laziness of
's team , who came back over and over again until extra time, delving into their weaknesses, penalizing their lack of tension and, above all, of success.
The culés could not live a placid game, whipped by
, Solde, a boy raised in La Masía.
The duel did not start with such negative vibrations.
On the contrary, the first thing that came was the exorcism of
The Uruguayan freed himself from the pain of the injury and the long recovery of three and a half months with a header from
's corner kick in the fourth minute that ended up in the Alicante goal.
But the central defender wanted to show more and, if he scored the goal first, he later avoided the draw.
rode towards the Blaugrana goal, leaving
behind and cutting
, the center-back appeared in a run to, under the posts, avoid Intercity's goal.
It was the first scare that Xavi's team received.
I wouldn't be the only one.
waited to deal the blow and force the Catalans to clench their teeth.
The Argentine coach wanted to protect himself with five attentive defenders to prevent Barça from weaving in attack.
With order and aid, they did not fall after Araujo's goal and, although it was difficult for them to find a way to arm contras in the open, they ended up finding other ways.
While they appeared, the rejection of a direct free kick by Depay crashed into the crossbar and, despite Torre's youthful self-confidence, neither
first on the edge of rest knew how to close the classification.
Intercity made an effort to think that the 0- kept them alive.
And so much so that he did it, because the game went crazy in the second half.
From the same corner where Araujo's goal was born, Solde's equalizer appeared.
Action and reaction, because
, already in the field to look for verticality, sent Dembélé running so that he could beat Gaizka with a bounced ball.
First scare solved, but the next one would not be long in coming.
Barça's failures from set pieces, the lack of tension, allowed the players from Alicante to exemplify the theory of the importance of the throw-in in offensive play: Cristo put the ball in play, went down to pick up the wall and serve a cross perfect for another shot from Solde, the second for the former culé squad.
Raphinha had to appear to make it 2-3 and even force Gaizka to draw a prodigious hand.
Since Intercity did not give up, they once again had a prize.
Herrera took advantage of a rude error by
to launch Solde towards the
The ghost of Novelda in 2002 flew over Rico Pérez and the former youth squad entered history alongside scorers like
The extension tasted like glory because it extended the dream of Intercity.
Barça was trembling all over and Xavi's gesture was turning sour at times.
It was Ansu Fati who suddenly appeared to score the fourth goal and finally close a tie in which Barça suffered to come out alive.
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