After experienced defender Sergio Ramos inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net in the second half of Barcelona’s 1-0 victory against Sevilla at home on Friday, the team temporarily took the top spot in La Liga.
For the first time since 2020, Ramos, the former captain of Real Madrid, was unable to stop the ball from crossing the line in the 76th minute while trying to block a cross from 16-year-old Lamine Yamal.
When the Barcelona forward was still a club mascot, Ramos once held young Yamal’s hand in the tunnel. However, the home crowd jeered at his early touches, so Ramos didn’t get a good reception.
Barca’s makeshift home field,
the Montjuic Olympic Stadium, however, erupted in cheers following the 37-year-old’s own goal.
With a game remaining,
Girona is now one point ahead of Barca, who are now in second place. Sevilla is now in 12th place.
“Our pain is excessive.
In his press conference after the game, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez stated, “I think we played well.” ” We knew what the game needed, and we attacked successfully. I’m pleased with the game; we just didn’t reach that goal. We gave one of our best performances yet.
“Sevilla performed admirably, but we created enough opportunities to avoid suffering as much.
“What matters is that, despite playing against a fantastic squad, we generated opportunities and felt at ease. The better side was us. Although I am pleased with the performance, we still need to improve our effectiveness in front of the goal.
Before the game,
tensions between the two teams were high as Sevilla announced they would not have a representative in the VIP box at the stadium because of the current “Negreira case.”
Barcelona is being looked into for alleged “active bribery” as part of an inquiry into possible corruption at the referees committee, where Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira served as vice president, over a two-decade period.
Barcelona said that Sevilla was depriving them of the opportunity to mount a response in court, calling it an “unjustified and inappropriate attack” on the team.
As soon as Barca got onto the field, they had a strong start. In the 22nd minute, João Félix beat the keeper with a strong effort that went over the bar and out, then Gavi denied Lucas Ocampos at the goal line.
In the 37th minute,
Fermín López replaced Raphinha, who was forced off due to an injury, dealing a setback to Barcelona.
Regarding the Brazilian winger,
Xavi stated, “We will see tomorrow when he has more tests.” “Perhaps it isn’t anything. This is the reason we rotate and make adjustments because it is required, in spite of criticism, particularly when the outcomes don’t work out as planned.”
Barca changed their style and became much more dangerous when the first half ended goalless.
When Robert Lewandowski came through on goal, Juanlu Sanchez made a last-man tackle to deny him, and Gavi’s header just missed the mark.
Though Sevilla had opportunities as well, Barca was able to preserve a clean sheet and continue their unblemished start to the season after Ramos’ own goal altered the course of the match.