Saturday 21 November 2020
FC Barcelona are not really kicking off this season. Atletico Madrid gave the Catalans the next defeat, the former dominators of the league slide to tenth place in the table.
After a failed excursion by national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Spanish La Liga, FC Barcelona is unable to continue. The team around Argentine superstar Lionel Messi lost 0-1 (0-1) at Atletico Madrid and is only tenth with eleven points.
Yannick Carrasco scored the goal of the day in stoppage time in the first half. The Belgian international came to the ball on a counterattack in front of the rushed out ter Stegen, poked it through his legs and finished from more than 20 meters into the empty goal.
The badly decimated record champions Real Madrid had previously also received the next setback. The team around Rio world champion Toni Kroos, which is battered by corona cases and injuries, only scored 1-1 (1-0) at Villarreal and is 17 points further two points behind the team of coach Unai Emery in the table .
Before the international break, Real had conceded a 4-1 defeat at Valencia CF. League leaders Real Sociedad San Sebastian will be in action at FC Cadiz on Sunday.
In Villarreal, attacker Mariano Diaz, who had only played 14 minutes this season, gave Real the lead in the second minute. Gerard Moreno (76.) scored a penalty for the final score.
Homegrown Diaz got his chance after striker Karim Benzema (groin strain) and ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic (Corona) had to pass. Also captain and defense chief Sergio Ramos was missing after he suffered an injury to his right hamstring in the historic 6-0 of the Spanish national team against Germany on Tuesday.