We can all remember the joy we felt, when Iniesta scored that goal against Chelsea. Someone probably laughed at the kid in the stands, who was crying his heart out. I’m that kid right now.
Osasunsa was, as Pep had foretold, a well organized opponent. Some would call it “anti-football” but one cannot deny the effectiveness of their strategy against a better opponent. As usual, FC Barcelona enjoyed the most of the ball, but were lacking firepower in the last third of the pitch. The clock ticked faster, and it seemed like FC Barcelona would have to settle for a draw, as Ibrahimovic and Messi had left their shooting boots at home.
After 72 hard fought minutes, Keita managed to break the deadlock after a cross from Puyol. It was a marvelous taken goal from the on-form midfielder. As Keita celebrated the goal, it was even possible to see Guardiola smile.
They done it. Won the three points against a very difficult opponent. Gone were the Rijkaard days were this would have been a draw or a loss. Or so we thought.
In the last minute of injury time, Marquez mistimed a challenge which led to a cross into the box. Disaster. An otherwise picture-perfect Pique made his first mistake of the game as he tried to clear the ball, but instead it deflected off Valdes’ chest and into the goal. 1-1.
Despite the setback, FC Barcelona still leads La Liga, with 23 points, one more than Real Madrid.
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