FC Barcelona seals the LaLiga runners-up spot by beating Rayo Vallecano 3-0 – La Opinión

FC Barcelona seals the LaLiga runners-up spot by beating Rayo Vallecano 3-0 – La Opinión

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A goal of Robert Lewandowski and two from Pedro González ‘Pedri’ They gave Barcelona the victory this Sunday against Rayo Vallecano (3-0), which certified second place for the Catalan team on the penultimate day of The league and, therefore, its presence in the next Spanish Super Cup.

The culés overcame a willful Rayo, who created danger on the counterattack, but was too innocent in the shot.

The uncertainty about the future of Xavi Hernández, who could have directed his last game as Barça coach in front of the Barça fans, was manifested in the stands.

On multiple occasions, the cheering crowd started chants of “Barça yes, Laporta no”, which were answered with whistles by most of the stadium.

In any case, Xavi opted for a continuous lineup with three changes compared to Thursday’s victory in Almería: the return of Gündogan, Cancelo and Raphinha for Héctor Fort, Pedri and Ferran.

Instead, Iñigo Pérez brought on De Frutos for the suspended Trejo and reinforced the midfield with Ciss in place of Unai López.

The script of the game was soon altered, because in the first attacking action, a long possession that Barcelona matured with patience, Lamine Yamal sweetly placed a cross in the heart of the area, where Lewandowski cradled the ball with his chest before volleying it into the net (1-0, min.3).

At half-time, Xavi introduced Christensen for Sergi Roberto, without this altering the set.

Barça controlled the ball and depended on the inventiveness of Lamine Yamal to penetrate Rayo’s defensive structure, which threatened the counterattack with a new long ball, this time for the run of Álvaro, who finished off centered.

Fermín, with a volley after a false clearance by the visiting defense, forced Dimitrievski to show off. And immediately afterward came the changes: Andrei and Crespo refreshed Rayo, while Xavi brought on Pedri, Araujo and Joao Felix.

The Madrid team was able to tie in two consecutive actions, a clearance by Iñigo Martínez that almost sneaked into Ter Stegen’s goal and a shot by Palazón that was rejected by the German. A lack of forcefulness that Barça did not forgive.

After a great individual action by Joao Félix, who He dodged two rivals inside the area and shot at Dimitrievski, Pedri caught the rebound to make it 2-0 (min.73).

Shortly after, Araujo spotted the Canarian’s unmarking and, with a precise delivery, left him alone in front of the goalkeeper, who could do nothing to avoid the 3-0 score. (min.75).

The blow was definitive. Barça managed the advantage smoothly to secure second place and, in the process, break a streak of five games without winning against Rayo, who also fulfilled their objective of ensuring permanence.

*With information from EFE.

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