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90' + 1'
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90'
Édgar Méndez
Luis Rioja
90'
C. Lenglet
Pedri
88'
Toni Moya
Pina
87'
F. de Jong
Ferran Torres
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
24% 75%
3
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 4
Total Passes 218 691
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 26 8 4 80 31 +49 86 D D W L W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 21 10 7 68 38 +30 73 L D W W W
3 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 21 8 9 65 43 +22 71 W D W W L
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 18 16 4 53 30 +23 70 W D D D D
5 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 19 8 11 62 40 +22 65 D W W L D
6 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 17 11 10 40 37 +3 62 L W W L D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 16 11 11 63 37 +26 59 W L W D L
8 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 14 13 11 43 36 +7 55 L W L D W
9 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 11 15 12 48 53 -5 48 W D L D D
10 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 12 11 15 37 51 -14 47 L L D D D
11 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 12 10 16 43 43 0 46 L W L W D
12 Rayo Vallecano RAY Rayo Vallecano 38 11 9 18 39 50 -11 42 L L L D D
13 Elche ELC Elche 38 11 9 18 40 52 -12 42 W L L L D
14 Espanyol ESP Espanyol 38 10 12 16 40 53 -13 42 D D L D L
15 Getafe GET Getafe 38 8 15 15 33 41 -8 39 L D D D D
16 Mallorca MLL Mallorca 38 10 9 19 36 63 -27 39 W W D L L
17 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 38 8 15 15 35 51 -16 39 W D L W D
18 Granada GRA Granada 38 8 14 16 44 61 -17 38 D L W W D
19 Levante LEV Levante 38 8 11 19 51 76 -25 35 W W L W D
20 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 8 7 23 31 65 -34 31 L L W L W

Key

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Conference League Qualifiers
Relegation

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Barcelona climb to fifth, while Alaves remain precariously in 19th.
Frenkie de Jong's late winner gives Barcelona a much-needed win. This was an incredibly difficult game for the visitors despite Alaves entering this one in the relegation zone. The first half was a tight affair with few chances - Pique missed a close-range header, but there weren't many openings. And the second half followed a similar pattern: Barcelona dominated possession but struggled to create as the hosts grew into the game. Alaves could have taken the lead through Joselu when his late header flew wide, but it was Barcelona who snatched the points when Frenkie de Jong turned in Torres' selfless squared pass. Mendez missed a late chance to equalise, but the visitors held on for an important win.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: DEPORTIVO ALAVES 0-1 BARCELONA
90' + 3' CLOSE! Alaves win a late corner and they send everyone up. Mendez finds himself unmarked six yards out, but he can only head it straight at Ter Stegen!
90' + 2' The hosts look crestfallen after that goal. They'd fought so hard for a point but now it looks like their effort will be in vain. To compound things, head coach Jose Luis Mendilibar is sent off after protesting towards the referee.
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on as Alaves hunt for an equaliser.
Édgar Méndez
Luis Rioja
90' Rioja also departs with Mendez taking his place.
C. Lenglet
Pedri
90' Pedri makes way for Lenglet as the visitors look to secure their lead.
Toni Moya
Pina
88' Pina is replaced by Moya.
Ferran Torres
Assist
87' That was incredibly selfless from Torres. The attacker could have easily taken a shot from a tight angle then, but instead, he knocked it across to De Jong who finished with composure!
F. de Jong
Goal
87' GOALL! DE JONG! 1-0. Barcelona take the lead late on. Alba cuts inside and curls in a beautiful cross to the back post. Torres latches onto it and squares it across goal where an unmarked Frenkie de Jong is waiting to slot it in from six yards! There's some controversy as De Jong was initially offside when the cross came in, but the referee has judged that De Jong was onside when Torres intervened and the goal stands.
86' Jutgla immediately looks to latch onto Pedri's throughball, but Pacheco is swiftly off his line to sweep it up.
Ferran Jutglà
L. de Jong
84' Luuk de Jong has had a frustrating game punctuated with missed chances. He heads off finally with Jutgla taking his place.
83' Barcelona win another dangerous free-kick. Pedri whips it in, but Lejeune manages to head it skywards allowing Pacheco to leap and claim it safely.
80' Alaves are still pressing hard even at this late stage. The hosts swarm the Barcelona defence and snatch possession back inside the final third! However, Joselu's eventual pass is picked off and the visitors clear.
78' CLOSE! Jason races past Alba and gets to the byline before whipping in an inviting cross that Joselu powerfully heads wide of the near post from six yards!
76' This game is finely poised as we enter the final 15 minutes. Barcelona will surely throw everything at Alaves in search of a winner, leaving themselves open to harm on the break!
74' The home fans cry out for a penalty! Rioja nutmegs Frenkie de Jong inside the box, before the midfielder blocks his path to the ball. Rioja goes down but the referee remains unmoved.
Miguel de la Fuente
Pere Pons
72' Pons has had a tough time in front of goal today and he makes way for De La Fuente.
Nico González
A. Ezzalzouli
71' Abde heads off to be replaced by Nicolas Gonzales.
70' Chance! Pedri checks back with a neat Cruyff turn and draws a foul 25 yards from goal. Frenkie de Jong clips the resulting set-piece into the box, but Luuk de Jong heads it harmlessly over the bar.
68' Abde attempts to latch onto a loose ball to kickstart a counter, but Lejeune is there again to sweep up.
66' Barcelona are still struggling to cut through Alaves: they've had just two shots in the second half.
64' CHANCE! Barcelona really should have the lead. Pedri clips in a free-kick from the touchline and it sails into the path of Luuk de Jong five yards out! However, the striker hits his volley straight at Pacheco and the hosts smuggle it clear!
62' Luuk de Jong appears to be clean through, but Aguirregabiria recovers to dispossess him. It wouldn't have counted anyway though - Luuk de Jong was offside.
60' Close! Another missed opportunity for the hosts. Rioja and Pons lead a two-on-two on the break for the hosts! Rioja gets to the edge of the box, before squaring it to Pons who has a clear shot at goal. However, the attacker misses his kick and the visitors clear.
58' Pedri's corner is hooked clear by Escalante.
56' The second half has - so far - followed the same pattern as the first. Barcelona are dominating possession, but it's not leading to many chances - all while Alaves carry their own threat on the break.
54' Close! Joselu breaks the offside trap and gets to the byline, where he cuts it back to Pons who flicks it across goal and narrowly wide of the far post!
52' Ter Stegen searches for Abde with a long ball over the top, but Pacheco is alert and gets out to claim it first.
50' Close! Torres breaks into the box on the counter and squares it for Luuk de Jong! However, Lejeune anticipates the danger and rushes across to cut out the pass.
48' Joselu lets fly from 30 yards and it sails high and wide.
46' Alaves kick off the second half.
Barcelona will be concerned with that first-half performance and you'd expect them to make changes shortly.
It's 0-0 at half-time following a tight half. Barcelona have dominated the possession, but it hasn't resulted in many chances. Small opportunities fell to Pique and Luuk de Jong, but they weren't able to capitalise. Instead, the best chance of the half fell to Pons on the stroke of half-time, but his 12-yard strike was straight at Ter Stegen.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: DEPORTIVO ALAVES 0-0 BARCELONA
45' CHANCE! Alaves almost take the lead! Rioja leads a daring counter and draws in Araujo before threading a pass through to Pons! The attacker just has Ter Stegen to beat, but he hits a tame 12-yard strike at the goalkeeper from a tight angle.
42' Alaves continue to frustrate Barcelona with their determined defending. The hosts will be delighted if they can take this scoreline into the break.
40' Abde jinks past his marker to get to the byline, but Pacheco calmly snatches his cross out the air.
38' Jason steps up to take the free-kick on the edge of the box. It's from a tight angle, and although he bends it around the wall, it's blocked away inside the six-yard box.
36' Alba handles Rioja's free-kick just outside the box. Alaves now have a real opportunity to create a chance with this set-piece.
34' Alaves have yet to muster a single shot - they're focusing entirely on keeping Barcelona out.
32' Torres cuts inside before bending a 25-yard strike well over the bar.
29' Chance! Barcelona enjoy a succession of corners as they build the pressure on the hosts. The final corner is met by Pique, but his close-range header flies high and wide! The defender's angry with himself - he knows he could have done better there.
27' Pique rises highest to meet Pedri's corner but his header loops harmlessly up into the arms of Pacheco.
25' Despite Barcelona's dominance in possession, this has been an evenly contested game so far. The hosts have looked organised and have managed to restrict the visitors so far.
23' Laguardia collides with Pedri and there's another break for treatment. Again, the two should be okay to continue though.
21' Dest trips Lopez, presenting Alaves with a promising free-kick near the touchline. Jason whips the delivery in, but the visitors clear easily.
19' Barcelona have, naturally, had 85 per cent possession so far. But this stranglehold on possession hasn't translated into many clear shooting chances just yet.
17' There's a brief delay as Pique and Joseul require treatment following a clash of heads. They should both be okay to continue though.
15' Abde takes a poor touch on the edge of the box, allowing Escalante to nip in and steal possession away. The hosts are defending with organisation and discipline so far.
13' Chance! Dest picks out Luuk de Jong with a precise cross from deep. The striker's unmarked, enabling him to swivel and fire a 15-yard volley that flashes a couple of yards wide!
11' Abde feeds Pedri inside the box with a superb reverse pass, only for Pedri to take a heavy touch and run it out of play. The midfielder looks disgusted with himself after that.
9' Another Barcelona move comes to an end as Lejeune muscles Luuk de Jong off the ball near the centre-circle.
7' Barcelona have made an authoritative start. The visitors are dominating possession as they look to quickly take control of this game.
5' Dest makes a clever overlapping run, before drilling in a low cross that Laguardia hooks clear.
3' Barcelona win an early corner. After a succession of deliveries are nudged clear, Aguirregabiria charges down Abde's 20-yard strike.
1' Barcelona kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
The hosts’ recent coaching change hasn’t paid off so far. Alaves have not won any of their first three LaLiga games under Jose Luis Mendilibar (D2 L1). The last Alaves manager who failed to win his first four games in the competition was Pablo Machin in 2020/21 season (D1 L3).
Barcelona make three changes after a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey. Dani Alves, Gavi and Jutgla drop out for Dest, Frenkie de Jong and Luuk de Jong.
Alaves make four changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Real Betis last time out: Miazga, Mendez, Moya and Duarte are the ones to make way.
SUBS: Alejandro Balde, Riqui Puig, Clement Lenglet, Ferran Jutgla, Arnau Tenas, Nicolas Gonzalez, Martin Braithwaite, Dani Alves, Oscar Mingueza, Neto.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Luuk de Jong, Ez Abde.
SUBS: Matt Miazga, Miguel De la Fuente, Mamadou Sylla Diallo, Tachi, Facundo Pellistri, Ivan Martin, Antonio Sivera, Edgar Mendez, Toni Moya, Manu Garcia.
DEPORTIVO ALAVES (4-5-1): Fernando Pacheco; Martin Aguirregabiria, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Javi Lopez; Jason, Gonzalo Escalante, Tomas Pina, Pere Pons, Luis Rioja; Joselu.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are having a disappointing season too. They’re in seventh after winning just two of their last five games. If they’re to make a push towards the top four, then they’ll have to win games like today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this LaLiga fixture between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona. Alaves enter this one in peril: they’re in 19th place following three defeats from five and they’ll be hoping to stun the visitors today and arrest their poor run of form.