EM – Late De Jong goal gives Barcelona victory at Alaves




A late Frenkie de Jong strike gave Barcelona a 1-0 win at Alaves in LaLiga on Sunday and salvaged three points for Xavi Hernandez’s men in another day of battling weak sides.

Alaves missed a number of chances before Barcelona broke the block in the 87th minute when de Jong latched in on a Ferran Torres pass from close range.

Barcelona, ​​who have already dropped out of the Champions League and Copa this season del Rey was eliminated, climbing to fifth place in the table with 35 points from 21 games. They are 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand and just one point behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

“The win was really important because of our situation in the league and the difficult season we’re going through, but we still have a lot of things to work on and improve on,” de Jong told reporters.

It was a lackluster and flat game at Mendizorrotza Stadium, with players complaining about the frozen pitch.

Barca tried to cause a stir after the break with the substitution of 20-year-old midfielder Nico, while Gerard thanked Pique’s close-range shot A brilliant save was blocked with the left foot by Fernando Pacheco.

Alaves’ Joselu got in with a powerful header, but it flew just wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s right post.

Alaves remained in 19th place with 17 points from 22 games, three points from safety.

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