Ukrainian striker Artem Dovpik put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, after a quick counterattack, and although the hosts equalized shortly afterward, in the 19th minute, through Polish Robert Lewandowski, following a corner kick, they never gave in to appear dangerous.
Before the end of the first half, in the 41st minute, Miguel Gutierrez took advantage of the negativity of the Catalan team, Porto’s opponent in the Champions League, to restore Girona control of the scoreboard, which practically ruled the match in the 80th minute, through Valeri, who entered the field two minutes earlier.
German Ilkay Gundogan’s late goal, in the 90+2 minute, almost revived “Barca” to a draw, but Uruguayan Cristian Stuani, in the 90+5 minute, in the final “moments” of the match, completed Girona’s first victory. Against Barcelona, in the eighth match between them.
The two Portuguese international players, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix, were key players in the Catalan team, and the defender came close to scoring, in the 32nd minute, after a pass created by the striker, who was replaced by the 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, in the 65th minute.
The team coached by Michel, who played this round on an equal footing with Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish League, benefited from the 1-1 draw that the team received from the capital on Saturday, at Betis Stadium, and isolated itself in the lead, two points behind its rival Sporting de Braga in the match. Champions League.
Girona also confirmed its place as the best attacking team in the league, with 38 goals, after a confrontation between two teams that shared the fact that they suffered their only defeat in the tournament at home to Real Madrid (Barcelona lost 2-1 and Girona lost 3-0).
The Spanish champions fell to fourth place, seven points behind Girona and level with third-placed Atletico Madrid, which early in the afternoon won 2-1 over last-placed Almeria, and still has a late game to play.
The capital team seemed to be heading towards a quiet victory, as it easily reached 2-0, with goals from Alvaro Morata, in the 17th minute, and Argentine Angel Correa, in the 22nd minute, but the visitors never gave up and reduced the score. Via Brazilian Leo Baptistao, 62 years old.
Today also witnessed the suspension of the match between Granada and Athletic Bilbao, at the 18th minute, due to the death of one of the spectators, the victim of a cardiac and respiratory arrest, at a time when the Basque team was victorious 1-0, with a goal scored by Ghanaian Inaki Williams, at the age of six, which was not possible. Portuguese Andre Ferreira, Granada’s goalkeeper, is one to avoid.
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