Participant rankings as La Liga leaders held to goalless draw

Barcelona maintained their unbeaten document at dwelling in La Liga this season with a goalless draw with Girona at Camp Nou on Monday evening.

Xavi’s aspect could not discover a method via in opposition to their mid-table opposition, with Ronald Araujo’s saved header and a near-own aim the closest they got here to breaking the impasse.

Girona confirmed their tooth all through and had respectable possibilities to attain. Valentin Castellanos curled huge when in on aim, however Marc-Andre ter Stegen was in any other case comparatively untested.

The guests loved some promising moments early on as Toni Villa lifted a cross to the again publish the place Viktor Tsygankov was lurking, however the Ukrainian fired huge on the volley.

Barça went again on the offensive and almost opened the scoring via a near-moment of catastrophe for Girona. Communication between Santiago Bueno and Paulo Gazzaniga was non-existent and the centre again’s go trickled in direction of the road with Gazzaniga anticipating in any other case, ultimately scrambling again to hack the ball away from hazard.

Xavi’s aspect received stronger in direction of the top of the half after some respectable strain from the guests and went shut twice. Raphinha pressured Gazzaniga to kick a shot away from hazard earlier than the previous Spurs goalie simply stored out Araujo’s flick from the ensuing nook.

Energetic Brazil ahead Raphinha then teed up Ansu Fati, who fired over the bar.

Castellanos earned daggers from his teammates for scuppering an exquisite alternative earlier than the hour mark. The loanee striker broke clear from Ivan Martin’s go and had a teammate in help however shot himself, inserting properly huge of Ter Stegen’s aim.

The absence of midfield stars Frenkie de Jong and Pedri has hamstrung Barça in latest weeks and the streetwise duo of Martin and Oriol Romeu stored Girona within the recreation with some tenacious tackling and excessive work price in midfield.

The hosts struggled to get La Liga high scorer Lewandowski overly concerned, the striker taking pictures waywardly together with his three pictures within the first 75 minutes.

No profitable aim got here late on as the group at Camp Nou dispersed in glum trend, with Gavi bringing a save from Gazzaniga and Lewandowski seeing a back-heel deflected away from hazard within the dying moments.

The draw and Actual Madrid’s defeat to Villarreal on Saturday means Barça’s lead on the high of La Liga has stretched to 13 factors. Girona, in the meantime, stay eleventh.

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6/10 – One other clear sheet for Ter Stegen, who’s trying good to assert his first ever Zamora Trophy.

RB: Jules Kounde – 6/10 – Did a little bit of every part from proper again but additionally gave the ball away cheaply all through.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10 – Denied a headed aim by a very good Gazzaniga save.

CB: Eric Garcia – 7/10 – Got here in with Barça struggling for choices at centre again. Took a blow from Stuani to the face however was sturdy within the air and composed all through.

LB: Alejandro Balde – 7/10 – Confirmed good drive and attacking intent to bomb up and down the left.

CM: Sergi Roberto – 4/10 – Provided little greater than respectable defensive cowl in midfield. A little bit of a waste of a midfield participant for Barça.

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CM: Sergio Busquets – 8/10 – Made positive some threatening Girona passes did not get via midfield.

CM: Gavi – 7/10 – Fired some harmful crosses into Girona’s field and buzzed round frantically in defence.

RW: Raphinha – 6/10 – Turned sharply in huge areas and supply from huge areas was good.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 5/10 – Somewhat on the periphery of proceedings. A number of crosses simply evaded his attain.

LW: Ansu Fati – 5/10 – Couple of pictures however neither had been on the right track.

Substitutes

Franck Kessie (46′ for Roberto) – 6/10

Ferran Torres (68′ for Fati) – 5/10

Jordi Alba (75′ for Raphinha) – 6/10

Supervisor

Xavi – 6/10 – With out a few his most important ball-playing stars in midfield, however Barcelona nonetheless may need gained on one other day. Having factors on the board additionally makes the draw extra palletable.

GK: Paulo Gazzaniga (7); RB: Arnau Martinez (7), CB: Santiago Bueno (7), CB: David Lopez (8), LB: Javier Hernandez (7); DM: Oriol Romeu (7); RM: Viktor Tsygankov (6), CM: Ivan Martin (7), CM: Borja Garcia (6), LM: Toni Villa (6); ST: Valentin Castellanos (6).

Substitutes: Aleix Garcia (6), Yan Couto (7), Cristhian Stuani (6), Rodrigo Riquelme (6), Valery Fernandez (6).

Participant of the match – Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)