De Jong saved Barca
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De Jong saved Barca

The Catalan derby was exciting with a score chase, three red cards, a rejected goal and a strike in the final seconds.

This result helps Barca return to the Champions League group.

De Jong celebrates the 2-2 equalizer for Barca.

When the match passed 74 seconds, Barca found the opening goal.

For Alba personally, it was the fifth assist in 17 La Liga games this season for Barca – something no defender in the tournament has touched and equaling his stats in 35 games last season.

An early goal gave Barca confidence, with rookie Adama Traore standing out.

De Jong saved Barca

Traore, with his speed and power, brings something new to Barca’s attack.

In a losing position, Espanyol suddenly equalized at the end of the first half.

At the beginning of the second half, Traore’s efforts made the difference for Barca.

Five minutes after escaping the goal, Espanyol took the lead.

De Jong saved Barca

De Tomas increased the score to 2-1 for Barca.

Xavi responded to the defeat by bringing Gavi, Luuk De Jong, and Ousmane Dembele onto the field.

The climax was pushed up in the extra minutes.

When the clock ticked to the sixth minute – the final minute of compensation, Traore crossed the ball just within range for De Jong to cut in and head the ball at an angle, retaining a point for Barca.

De Jong saved Barca

Espanyol 2-2 Barca


Espanyol: Diego Lopez, Vidal (Calero 89), Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa, Darder, Herrera, Bare (Morlanes 62, Merida 70), Puado, Vilhena (Ribaudo 61), De Tomas.

Barca: Ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo (Garcia 46), Pique, Alba (Dembele 72), F. de Jong (Aubameyang 62), Busquets, Pedri (Luuk de Jong 88), Traore, Gavi (Nico Gonzalez 72), Torres

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