FC Barcelona have already secured the league title. But they have been humiliated by Real Valladolid, who were in the relegation zone before yesterday. Last night, Real Valladolid humiliated the La Liga Champions as they thrashed Barcelona by a 3-1 margin at Jose Zorrilla. As a result, Real Valladolid returned to the winning track with this victory after losing five consecutive games in La Liga. This victory moves Real Valladolid out of the relegation zone, standing at 17th.
Last night, league champions FC Barcelona traveled to Jose Zorrilla to play against Real Valladolid. In this match, Barca boss Xavi Hernandez set up the team formation with 4-3-3, where Robert Lewandowski led the attack with Raphinha and Torres. On the other hand, Valladoli’s manager played his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
However, the match started with a big shock as Barcelona conceded an own goal in just two minutes of the game. In the 2nd minute, Darwin Machis provided a brilliant cross inside Barcelona’s box. Instead of clearing the ball, Barca defender Andreas Christianson put the ball into his own net.
Scoring that goal, the home team became more dominant against Barcelona. They were very threatening in the counter-attack. Moreover, Real Valladolid earned a crucial penalty kick in the first half. In the 22nd minute, defender Erik Garcia fouled Gonzalo Plata inside the box. Therefore, the match referee awarded a penalty kick to Real Valladolid, from where Cyle Larin doubled the lead for the home team.
Barcelona tried hard to return goals, but they could find the net in the first forty-five minutes. As a result, the first half ended in a 2-0 lead for Real Valladolid.
After the break, the La Liga champions became desperate to score at Jose Zorrilla. They kept 70% of the possession in the entire game, yet struggled to find the net. Furthermore, Real Valladolid got their third goal in the last quarter of the match. Gonzalo Plata, who earned the penalty kick in the first half, scored the third goal for Real Valladolid in the 73rd minute. However, Robert Lewandowski returned a goal in the very last moment. But his goal couldn’t avoid the defeated against Real Valladolid.