Memphis, who threw his forces as always, squeezed out an enormous amount of power just before time for that one decisive action. He shook off a defender and goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, before firing in controlledly through the legs of a Villarreal defender. For the striker of Orange, a burden will have fallen from his shoulders. In Spain, doubts began to arise about the qualities of Memphis, who had been struggling to score via a field goal for some time, with the exception of a good header from Celta de Vigo.
Is he of Barça quality? These are moments that help the striker as he helped Barcelona to three points in a tough game. In a team that is very difficult to score this season.
In the first half, the biggest chance for Barcelona had not yet been spent on Memphis. After a great through pass from Frenkie de Jong, the number nine did not get his foot well behind the ball. Shortly afterwards, Gavi hit the outside of the post in a phase where Xavi’s team had the initiative. That was given away as the first half progressed.
The release among the players of Barca is great.
Shortly after the break it turned out that Barcelona can still score. It was indeed Frenkie de Jong who had to do it for the visitors. For a long time, the Orange midfielder seemed to do exactly what his new coach wants from him in his third game under Xavi: be decisive. Also and especially in the penalty area of the opponent. A week earlier against Espanyol, he was already close with a phenomenal marker that was disallowed for offside. Last Tuesday, a header against Benfica was whipped out of the intersection, but now it was hit. It was Frenkie de Jong’s first goal since April 17, in the cup final against Athletic de Bilbao. That duel was his best and also the most memorable in the shirt of Barça, with Ronald Koeman still at the helm winning the Copa del Rey.
However, his 0-1 was not enough. An assist from fellow international Danjuma fifteen minutes before the end of substitute Samuel Chukwueze made it 1-1. In the next phase, Barcelona seemed to lose everything. But it didn’t get that far. Danjuma was the closest thing to a goal for the home side, when he scored one-on-one with Gerard Pique that went just wide.
Memphis brought relief and redemption. As everyone likes to see at Barca, in a side that is not overflowing with scoring ability.
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Memphis and Frenkie de Jong give Barça victory at Villarreal | Football
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