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Real Valladolid v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

real-valladolid-v-barcelona:-la-liga-–-live!

GOAL! Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona (Vidal 15)

It’s been coming. Messi flicks a cute little pass to Vidal, who smashes the bouncing ball across Masip and in off the far post from 15 yards. That’s a fine finish.

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11 min Griezmann moves into the area on the left, onto a good pass from Jordi Alba, but he can’t decide what to do and the attack peters out.

10 min Barcelona are dominating possession; I’d imagine it’s around 70 per cent. Valladolid are very narrow defensively and so far Barcelona haven’t been able to find an eye in the needle.

7 min Joaquin plunges his studs into the ankle of Vidal, who spends 30 seconds on the canvas as a result. He seems to be okay.

5 min The first chance for Barcelona. Semedo breaks into the area from the right and cuts the ball back to Riqui Puig, who opens his body to sidefoot a first-time shot towards goal. Masip gets down to his right to make a comfortable save.

3 min Scratch that, Barcelona are playing 3-5-2 with Sergi Roberto at centre back. Valladolid have started with a midfield diamond.

2 min Barcelona’s formation is actually a straight 4-4-2, with Sergi Roberto at right-back, Semedo in front of him and Riqui Puig on the left of midfield.

1 min Peep peep! Barcelona, in their yellow away strip, kick off from right to left. Valladolid are wearing purple and white stripes.

Team news

Luis Suarez, who scored the winner against Espanyol on Wednesday, is only on the bench for Barcelona. They have just seven substitutes, and two of them are goalkeepers.

Valladolid (4-D-2) Masip; Moyano, Olivas, Sanchez, Garcia; Joaquin; San Emeterio, Alcaraz; Perez; Guardiola, Plano.
Substitutes: Caro, Antonito, Alende, Nacho, Matheus, Hervias, Villa, Garcia, Waldo, Sandro, Unal, Miguel.

Barcelona (3-1-4-2) ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet; Busquets; Semedo, Vidal, Riqui Puig, Jordi Alba; Griezmann, Messi.
Substitutes: Neto, Arnau, Araujo, Firpo, Rakitic, Braithwaite, Suarez.

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Preamble

Time is running out for Barcelona. They’re four points behind Real Madrid with three games to go – and Real have the better head-to-head record. That means if Barcelona fail to win at Valladolid tonight, Madrid will have the chance to clinch the title at Granada on Monday.

All Barcelona can do is win their last three games and hope Real fail to win two of theirs. Stranger things have happened in La Liga title races, as Barcelona know from the Johan Cruyff era. It’s a long shot, though, and if Barcelona do fail to win the league their away form will be to blame. They’ve taken only 26 out of 51 available points on the road. They certainly can’t afford to drop any more tonight.

Kick off 6.30pm BST, 7.30pm CEST.

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