The 13th round of La Liga in the 2022/23 season continued, and Barcelona, who was at home, finally defeated the newly-promoted Almeria 2-0 with goals contributed by Dembele and Frenkie De Jong.
It is worth mentioning that this is also the farewell battle of Barcelona star Pique staged at Camp Nou.
In the first 2 minutes of the campaign, Balder made a cross from the bottom line from the right, Ferran Torres shot from the back point, but the ball hit Kiki’s raised hand. When the referee on duty looked back at VAR, he showed a yellow card and awarded a penalty kick. Then Lewandowski pushed the ball but hit the post and popped out. In the 13th minute, Dembele took a corner kick from the right, and Pique in the middle responded with a header but it was high.
In the 28th minute, Frenkie de Jong made a mistake in the cross. Ramazani took the ball and ran to the left side of the penalty area before pushing, but goalkeeper Ter Stegen saved the ball in time to help Barcelona . Escaped the lead.
In the 30th minute, De Jong made a cross from the bottom line from the left. Ferran Torres took a low shot from the left side of the penalty area, but Almeria ‘s Keji blocked the ball on the goal line in time. In the 40th minute, Lewandowski picked a pass from behind, Ferran Torres made a pass from the left side of the penalty area, and then Dembele headed the goal from the middle but hit the goalkeeper of Almeria.
Pique hugs his teammates goodbye
In the 48th minute of the second half, Busquets sent a long pass, Dembele crossed the two players after receiving the ball from the right, and hit a low shot from the far corner on the right side of the penalty area, helping Barcelona break the deadlock 1-0.
In the 62nd minute, Alba made a pass from the left. Fati, who was in the middle of the small penalty area, was saved by the goalkeeper Fernando, and then Frenkie De Jong scored from close range to help Barcelona continue to lead 2-0. Almeria.
In the end, Barcelona maintained the score of 2-0 until the end of the game, and regained the first place in the standings with 34 points, 2 points ahead of Real Madrid with one game less.
On the other hand, coach Xavi replaced Pique early in the final stage of the game and asked Pique to say goodbye to the fans at Camp Nou. Then Pique held back tears and hugged his teammates to say goodbye. The fans also collectively stood up and applauded to pay tribute to the star, and the whole scene was full of moving atmosphere.