5 Talking Points of Las Palmas V Barcelona Match
Barcelona has drawn against Las Palmas here on Thursday and lead the liga table cut to 5 points. The game ended in a 1-1 draw at Las Palmas. It was Leo Messi, who scored a stunning free kick at first half to take away the lead against Las Palmas side. Later, Las Palmas scored from the penalty spot and drew the game against the liga toppers. Many decision were given against Blaugrana and even the penalty given to Las Palmas was unclear. Let’s take a look at the five talking points of the game.
La Union Deportiva was awarded penalty during the second half for Lucas Digne’s handball which came off the post. It was noticed that during the incident, Thomas Vermaelen pushed inside the box. Referee was quick to give away the penalty to Las Palmas despite Thomas lying on the turf. This was the first penalty conceded by Barcelona in 79 games in la liga games at Las Palmas. Barcelona players were baffled and all were unsure whether it was for Sergio Roberto’s tangle at the near post or Digne’s handball. In the end, Jonathan Calleri converted the penalty and won a point for his side.
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○Alejandro Gálvez’s lucky escape:
Gavlez was lucky enough not to be sent off. Messi was great once again for the Catalans by scoring a stunner free kick just outside the penalty box and he was being challenged by Galvez and brought Leo down with a poor tackle. It seemed to be red but Galvez was lucky enough to stay on the pitch and continue to defend. Rather, he received a yellow and if Galvez had been sent off, Barcelona could have scored and collected all three points from Las Palmas. Barcelona are now five points clear at the top with Atletico Madrid in second place. Blaugrana are set to face Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Chichizola’s handball was one of the crucial talking points of the game. Incident happened when the Goalkeeper came out charging for ball when Suarez tried to gather the ball. Chichizola tried to block the ball, but it flicked and hit the hands of his outstretched arm. Ernesto Valverde looked furious and claimed that as a handball. But, referee Antonio Lahoz blew the half-time whistle by that time. Ball clearly hits Chichizola’s hands but referee was not interested in giving handball. If referee gave that as a handball, goalie could have received a red and could have been sent off. With 10 men Barca could have won the game pretty easily. In the end referee’s calls were crucial in the entire game.
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○Did the referee cost Barcelona this game?
Barcelona players were not happy the refereeing from Antonio Lahoz. Even Ernesto Valverde was not happy the way the decisions were given against them. Chichizola’s handball in the first half was crucial and it was denied. Later in the second half, penalty was given in favor of las Palmas and it was also one of the controversial moment of the match. Galvez should have also received red during his poor tackle against Leo Messi, who was the star player throughout the entire game for Barcelona. However, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Barcelona could have collected all three points, if they were reduced and necessary actions were taken against Las Palmas.
○Oghenekaro Etebo’s show:
Las Palmas game was quite slow but Etebo’s performance was brilliant. The young lad showed some quality against Barcelona. He was the reason behind Las Palmas recovery after a goal down in the first half. He showed some good control with the ball in the midfield and cut out many chances created by the visitors. However, Messi was once again the best for Barcelona again showing his class with a free kick in the first half. Etebo was adjudged Man of the Match.
Chichizola-7, Aguirregaray-7, Ximo-6, Galvez-7, Castellano-7, Vicente-7, Etebo-8, Halilovic-6 , Tana-6, Jairo-6, Calleri-7.
Subs: Macedo-6, Aquilani-5, Garcia- 6.
Ter Stegen-5, Roberto-5, Umtiti-6, Vermaelen-5, Digne-5, Busquets-6, Paulinho-6, Iniesta-5, Vidal-5, Messi-7, Suarez-5.
Subs: Coutinho-6, Rakitic-5, Dembele-5.