Coach Xavi has his winning premiere on the bench of the Barcelona football team, his team managed to beat Espaňol in the 14th round of the Spanish league in the city derby 1-0.
Xavi also bet on a rejuvenated line-up due to a big marodka, and 17-year-old Ilias Akhomach made his league debut in the basic line-up. “Blaugranas” fired 11 shots at the opponent’s goal in the first half, the most in the season, but he only prevailed after the change of sides from the penalty Depay.
Barcelona moved up to sixth place and ended the four-match wait for a three-point gain. Espaňol stays in the middle of the table.
Sevilla lost twice at home with Alavés, but in the end she defended the six-match league invincibility. In the second minute, after a corner kick, Ivan Rakitič got the ball and he sent him into the net uncompromisingly.
The 33-year-old midfielder scored the 55th goal in La Liga and called compatriot Alena Peternace in this regard. Of the Croatian players, only the former gunner of Seville and Real Madrid Davor Šuker has a better balance (113 goals).
Atlético drew three times in the first six home games, but in the end did not allow another loss. After 87 minutes, Felipe sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. The defending champions are fourth, losing two points to the front. Pamplona is ninth.
Spanish Football League – Round 14:
FC Barcelona – Espaňol Barcelona 1:0 (48. Depay z pen.), Vigo – Villarreal 1: 1 (72. Méndez – 27. A. Moreno), FC Sevilla – Alavés 2: 2 (38. Ocampos, 90. + 2 Rakitič – 5. Laguardia, 45. + 7 Joselu z pen.), Atlético Madrid – Pamplona 1: 0 (87. Felipe).