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Second half. Barca 2-0 Almeria: LIVE updates, reactions, stats, ratings

⚽ 62′: GOAL! De Jong smashes in the rebound after Ansu Fati fails to beat the keeper after a perfect pass from Alba.

🔁 Sub: Ansu Fati in / Ferran Torres out

⏱️ 49-60′: De Jong picks up the ball inside the box but can’t find an attacker with his pass. Alba sends Dembel one-on-one; Ous beats the keeper but takes too long to shoot and is blocked by the defender.

Rhaydder (Reddit): “Ousmane should really become an adept of the KISS system. Keep It Simple, Stupid”

JosipFCB93 (Twitter): “Some of Busi’s passes today were pure art. He is past his best days but his passing remains top.”

⚽ 48′: GOAL! Dembele opens the score as he cuts inside and shoots to the far post.

decho (Reddit): “These types of goals you can call “elegantly pass the ball into an empty space the keeper has no chance of reaching” :D”

CourageFCB (Twitter): “That’s a class goal from Dembele not gonan lie… Well done from him!”

Feranismo11FCB (Twitter): “Dembele is capable of being the best and the worst.”

⏱️ 46-47′: Lewandowski’s effort from outside the box goes out for a corner kick.

⏰ Second half, here we go!

📝 Here are our half-time ratings:

Impressed: Ter Stegen 8, Alba 8

Good/decent: De Jong 7, Balde 7, Busquets 6.5, Pedri 6.5, Alonso 6.5, Pique 6.5

Poor: Lewandowski 5.5, Dembele 5, Ferran 5,

✍️ Brief summary of the game so far:

Unlike in the previous games, Barcelona don’t have problems with chance generation but they can’t seem to get a proper shot on goal.

First, it was Lewandowski who missed a penalty early into the game. Then, Ferran (tight angle), Dembele and Pedri (headers) went on to miss some clearance chances from inside the penalty box.

Barca did allow a dangerous attack on their goal. However, Ter Stegen pulled off an incredible save one-on-one with Ramazani. Other than that, Almeria did not create anything.

⏰ Half time!

⏱️ 41-45+: Lewandowski’s header misses the target. Ferran fails to beak the goalkeeper from a tight angle. Alba finds Pedri inside the box but the youngster’s header is too weak to beat Martinez. De Jong beats the defender but the shot goes centrally.

GeneralBrothers (Reddit): “I‘ve said it before and I‘ll say it til we finally get rid of him: For every flash of brilliance, Dembele has 20 scenes where he‘s borderline a professional player. He‘s not consistent enough for a team like Barcelona and belongs to a mid-table premier league side.”

PSGOgi (Twitter): “How have we not scored yet lol these guys are pathetic”

🟨 Dembele booked

⏱️ 31-40′: Busquets finds Alba inside the box but the left-back can’t complete the cross. Ferran’s tap-in from inside the box goes wide. Dembele with a diving header but sends the ball straight at the keeper.

batwhite (Reddit): “We desperately need someone to do the no 10 job. Pedri seems to be out of position most of they time”

klarymorningst1 (Twitter): “By the 32nd minute I’ve actually noticed that Dembele is playing tonight.”

⏱️ 21-30′: Ferran found in the box but can’t make the final pass. Pedri one-on-one with the goalkeeper goes for a pass but can’t find anyone in the box. Ramazani alone in the box but Ter Stegen saves the one-on-one. Torres’ shot is cleared off the line.

GxlDePaulinho (Twitter): “Typical shitty game that we control with our our full might and we don’t score a fkn goal. The first or second chance they get, they will score a surreal goal worthy of Inazuma Eleven and we’ll suffer like sons of bitches.”

Mapixoo (Reddit): “I want to understand why when mats makes a great save no one celebrates with him or applaud him??? Every team does this while here they just move like nothing happened.”

⏱️ 11-20′: Barca continue in possession but with little chances upfront. Long shot from Alba is saved by the keeper. Ferran’s follow-up shot goes for a corner kick (but the ref doesn’t see it).

nov_jasya (Twitter): “Lewandwoski know how to score but has no idea what the aficion azulgrana is. The whole stadium is angrily looking at you, and 650 million people more on their TVs. Geri is not your lifelong club partner, please don’t forget what stadium you’re playing at.”

inuyasha99 (Reddit): “time wasting at the 15th minute, this league man…”

🟨 Ferran booked

⏱️ 1-10′: Lewandowski misses from the penalty spot after Ferran’s header hits the hand of an Aleria defender. Dembele sends a cross into the box but Torres fouls the keeper in his attempt to finish the move.

PErland (Reddit): “Just watched the replay, Lewy completely botched that. Embarrassing – hope this means he’ll bang in a hattrick”

⏰ Kick-off!

👉 Starting XI reminder

Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Balde, Pique, Alonso, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Ferran.

Almeria XI (5-3-2): Martinez; Mendes, Kaiky, Ely, Chumi, Akieme; Robertone, Melero, Costa; Baptistao, Ramazani.

👋Hello, Cules! Welcome to’s live coverage of the match La Liga between Barcelona and Almeria. What are your thoughts ahead of the clash? Let’s hear them in the comments 👇

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