Arturo Vidal retains Barcelona in Liga combat beating Valladolid 1-0

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Arturo Vidal scored for Barcelona to sneak past feisty Valladolid 1-Zero on Saturday and keep the stress on leader Real Madrid because the Spanish league approaches its climax. Barcelona closed to inside one level of Madrid, which has a game in hand, because it tries to defend a title it has won for 2 consecutive years. Vidal scored in the 15th minute after being arrange by Lionel Messi, who, like most of his teammates, had a discreet outing at Valladolid’s empty José Zorilla Stadium.

Madrid plays at Granada on Monday. Its final two matches are against a Villarreal preventing for a Champions League berth and a Leganés preventing to keep away from relegation. Barcelona has games against Osasuna and Alavés. Madrid holds the tiebreaker in the event that they end degree on points.

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“We will give it our all, after which wait and see,” Vidal mentioned. “It doesn’t rely on us. If it’s not meant to be, then on to the Champions League (in August).”

In a shock move, Barcelona coach Quique Setién dropped striker Luis Suárez from his beginning lineup for the first time in seven matches. Instead, he played with 4 midfielders and charged playmaker Riqui Puig with linking with Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona dominated from kickoff and attacked at will down the fitting side via Nelson Semedo.

Valladolid’s Jordi Masip denied Puig after he was arrange by Semedo in Barcelona’s first harmful attack, however the former Barcelona goalkeeper was thrashed by Vidal after one other lengthy buildup by the guests.

Semedo, Puig, and Messi all exchanged fast passes in a good area before Messi slipped the ball to Vidal contained in the container. The Chile midfielder used one contact to line up a strong shot that he blasted from a good angle in off the far publish.

Kike Pérez had Valladolid’s only scoring probability in the first half on a uncommon counterattack. But he stumbled when attempting to shoot and Marc-Andre ter Stegen smothered the ball.


Griezmann appeared to play nicely sufficient to reclaim his spot in the beginning 11 in the last two matches after an idle interval when Setién didn’t use him. But the French world champion had a tough evening at Valladolid. He was unable to connection with Messi on a promising counterattack early on, and he wasted a golden probability to double the lead before halftime when he scuffed a go from Semedo right in entrance of the objective.

Setién sat Griezmann at halftime as a result of an unspecified physical drawback and sent on Suárez. After 10 minutes of seeing Valladolid starting to mount assaults, Setién changed Puig and Clement Lenglet, who had a yellow card, with Ivan Rakitic and reserve team defender Ronald Araújo.

Valladolid, nonetheless, continued to press for the equalizer and Ter Stegen dove to parry a header by Enes Unal in the 60th.

Valladolid, which is partly owned by Brazil extraordinary Ronaldo, spends lower than 5% of what Barcelona spends on its star-studded squad. Still, it reached the second half with stronger legs and succeeded in desperate Barcelona into its area.

Setién acknowledged his team is reaching the end of this sprint-finish to La Liga, with matches each three days, on fumes.

“It was extremely popular and the pitch was very dry and several other players didn’t have the power to do way more than run sufficient to maintain up with the play,” Setién mentioned.

“The jitters we’ve on the end comes from the truth that we may have put the win away in the first half and knew we may have bother with our athleticism in the second half.”

Other than his help for Vidal, Messi was restricted to a pair of shots, together with a free kick that Masip palmed over his bar.

Valladolid was left in 14th place at a protected distance from the relegation battle.


A late objective by Diego Costa ensured 10-man Atlético Madrid clinched a Champions League berth after edging Real Betis 1-0.

Costa used his chest to knock in a free kick in the 74th after his team lost Mario Hermoso to a direct red card for a tough sort out from behind of a Betis player.


Celta Vigo stayed in peril of falling into the relegation zone after losing at Osasuna 2-1. Osasuna’s José Arnaiz headed in the winner in stoppage time.


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