Barcelona on  brink of  title thanks to Alba’s last-minute goal

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Jordi Alba’s last-minute goal moved Barcelona closer to the title with a win over 10-man Osasuna. The Catalan club defeated Osasuna 1-0 in the La Liga match held yesterday. With this victory, the disciples of Javi Hernandez have reached closer to winning the title again after 2019. In yesterday’s victory, Barca has kept the top position of the list intact with a gap of 14 points over Real Madrid, which is in 2nd place. In another league match held on the same day, Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Real Sociedad. However, despite this defeat, Los Blancos still occupy the second place in the table. Visiting Osasuna debutant Jorge Herando was red-carded for a dangerous foul on Pedri in the first half of the match at Camp Nou. As a result, the guest team, which became ten people, made a formidable defense. The host Barcelona failed to achieve success despite repeatedly attacking the defense. Visiting goalkeeper Eiter Fernandez alone became a wall of resistance in front of Barca. In the end, Alba, who came as a substitute, broke through the wall of resistance in the second half and brought Barcelona to the port of victory. He scored a volley in the 85th minute of the match. First, a forward of Barcelona shot towards Osasuna’s net. But the ball hits the post and goes to the middle of the D box. Frankie de Young gets that ball. Kneeling down, he headed the ball to Alba. Alba volleyed along the post. Osasuna’s goalkeeper Fernandez failed to stop the ball even though it was within reach. Earlier, Barca’s police striker Robert Lewandowski sent the ball into the visitors’ net in the 78th minute of the match. But the referee canceled his goal due to offside. After the game, Xavi said, “We had to wait. Finally, additional steps need to be taken. We had to sweat enough though. We also missed several good opportunities. Jordi Alba’s goal finally saved us. It was something bigger than winning.’ In this victory, Barca collected 82 points from 33 matches. Second-placed Real Madrid are second in the table with 68 points. Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are third with 66 points.

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