Ronald Koeman again had a painful evening with FC Barcelona on Saturday. The Spanish top club lost 1-0 to Atlético Madrid due to a mistake by keeper Marc-André ter Stegen and defender Gerard Piqué dropped out with an apparently serious injury.
Real loses points at Villarreal
Barcelona lost points for the fifth time in eight league matches and already suffered its third defeat. Previously, Getafe (1-0) and rival Real Madrid (1-3) were too strong. With eleven points from eight rounds of play, Koeman is responsible for the worst start to the season for the Spanish top club since 1991.
Yannick Carrasco was crowned match winner on behalf of Atlético. The Belgian received help from Ter Stegen, who had come far from his goal. Carrasco took advantage and found the empty goal from about 25 meters.
Piqué dropped out of Barcelona after an hour of play and that did not look good. The experienced defender (33) sustained an apparently serious injury to his knee. He was replaced by Sergiño Dest.
Frenkie de Jong completed the ninety minutes at Barcelona. Luis Suárez was missing due to a corona infection at Atlético, which, unlike Barcelona, does participate in the top of La Liga. The club is second.
Gerard Piqué sustained an apparently serious knee injury. (Photo: ANP)
Barcelona’s rival Real also dropped points earlier in the day. On a visit to Villarreal it became 1-1. Real took the lead after two minutes via Mariano Díaz, after which Gerard Moreno took the equalizer from a penalty fifteen minutes before the end.
Real lost points for the fourth time this season. ‘De Koninklijke’ went down 4-1 at Valencia in the last game before the international period. Earlier this season, they lost at home to newly promoted Cádiz (0-1) and played a draw at Real Sociedad (1-1).
Luuk de Jong did win with Sevilla in the home match against Celta de Vigo: 4-2. The Orange-international played the last 22 minutes, but was unable to find the goal. De Jong saw his teammates Jules Koundé, Youssef En-Nesyri, Sergio Escudero and Munir El Haddadi score. Sevilla is in the second tier.
Martin Ødegaard is disappointed with a missed opportunity for Real Madrid. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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