Barcelona Thrash Osasuna On Their 121st Club Anniversary As Messi Pays Tribute To Maradona
Barcelona crushed Osasuna with a score of 4-0 as Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona.
La Liga returned for another matchday yesterday as Barcelona was all set to play Osasuna. It was the 9th match of the campaign for the Blaugranas whereas it was the 10th match of the season for Osasuna. Both the teams were not having a quite great season and a win in this match would definitely be helpful for both of them. The Catalans had 11 points as they had won 3 out of their 9 matches and drawn 2. In their previous match, they had lost to Atletico Madrid by 1-0. On the other hand, Osasuna also had the same record but they had lost 4 matches in comparison to Barcelona who had lost 3.
So, the match was definitely going to be interesting as a win in this game could get either of them in the Top 8. It was also special because it was Barcelona’s first game ever since the demise of the Argentine legend Diego Maradona. The Catalans gave a tribute to the 60-year-old who passed away last week by maintaining a minute of silence before the game. They even hosted all the flags at their home stadium i.e. Camp Nou where the match was being conducted. Apart from that, they had kept his iconic #10 shirt at the ground. Besides, the club was celebrating its 121st anniversary. As a result, the players were looking for a win as a gift to their fans.
The match started as Barcelona kicked off and they were playing their standard possession game. However, it didn’t take them much time to create chances for scoring. In the 11th minute, Griezmann dribbled past the Osasuna goalkeeper and kept in a pass for Coutinho. The latter tried to place the ball into the net smoothly but Unai Garcia made an excellent goal-line clearance to keep the scores tied at 0-0. However, Osasuna did not sit back and even they were creating chances but were unable to score. Finally, in the 29th minute, the Catalans got their first breakthrough as Braithwaite scored a goal. Alba kept in a great cross for Coutinho whose shot was blocked by the keeper. However, soon Braithwaite intercepted and put the ball into the back of the net with his second touch. Finally, the Blaugranas had taken a 1-goal lead.
The match continued and they were now looking even more confident as they wanted more goals. They kept attacking and creating more and more chances. As a result, just before halftime in the 42nd minute, Griezmann doubled the lead for Barcelona. Moncayola cleared Alba’s cross with a header but the ball went straight to Griezmann and the Frenchman took an outstanding volley to make the score 2-0 in his team’s favor. It was an absolute stunner and the goalkeeper didn’t even realize when the ball went in. Consequently, the score at the end of halftime was 2-0 in Barcelona’s favor.
The second half began and the Catalans were still looking hungry for more goals. So, they continued their possession game and kept creating chances. However, now Osasuna was keeping their defense tight as they didn’t want to concede any more goals. Anyhow, the Catalans were in a destructive mood and did not fail to find the back of the net once again. In the 57th minute, Griezmann passed the ball to Coutinho for a simple tap-in and the Brazilian did not fail to convert this opportunity. As a result, Barcelona was now leading by 3 goals. However, that was not it. In the 73rd minute, Messi sealed the victory for the Blaugranas after dribbling past 2 players and smashing the ball into the top right corner. With that, Barcelona won the match with a score of 4-0.
Anyhow, the highlight of the game was Messi dedicating his goal to Maradona. After scoring the goal, the 33-year-old Argentinian paid tribute to the late legend by taking off his Barca jersey as he was wearing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey, It was Maradona’s first club and even Messi had been a part of that same club. It was a great gesture and everyone highly appreciated Messi for it. Talking about the larger picture, now Barcelona have won 4 games in the league and is currently at the 7th position in the points table. On the other hand, Osasuna fell down to the 16th position. Anyways, the Catalans will now be facing Ferancvaros for their 5th UCL fixture on Thursday. Talking about La Liga, they’ll be up against Cadiz in their next fixture whereas Osasuna will be up against Real Betis.