Juventus And Barcelona Continue Their Unbeaten Runs

Juventus 1-0 Spezia:

Juventus are unbeaten this year in Serie A after beating Spezia on Sunday and are likely to look to push for Scudetto.

Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game for Juventus as they beat Spezia to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side have met 13 times in the Premier League at the Allianz Stadium, with Morata leading the way in the first half.

Juventus, who lost 1-0 to Roma on Saturday, are six points adrift of fifth-placed Atlanta, so Spezia did not bother the hosts, six points ahead of second-placed Atlanta.

The Bianconeri are just five points adrift of leaders Inter, while they were four behind Napoli and Milan ahead of their clash later on Sunday.

Twenty-one minutes later Ivan Provedel’s blazing cross found the back of the net between Dusan Vlahovic and Manuel Locatelli, and Morata sought a cool place at home.

Juventus dominated the first half and Arthur’s Juan Cuadrado promoted Provedel with a smart pause for his mistake.

The unmarked Gyasi should regain equality after the interim; However, after Salvador Ferrer sent it, it could only fall into the hands of Wojciech Szczesny at close range.

Spezia met while Szczesny forced Kevin Agudelo to look for his first league goal in three games at Piemonte.

However, Allegri’s side have struggled to win and are unbeaten in 14 Serie A games, their longest run since Maurizio Saari in December 2019.

Real Betis 1-3 Atletico Madrid:

Atletico Madrid moved into fourth place in La Liga with a 3-1 win on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid finished fourth in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 3-1 at Estadio Benito Villamarin, with Joao Felix scoring twice to move into fourth place in La Liga.

Betis slipped to fourth place with a 2-1 win over Barcelona’s Elche earlier on Sunday, leaving Atletico without a place in the Champions League.

This put pressure on Diego Simeone’s men to win for the third time, with Joao Felix knocking them out within two minutes.

Betis’s substitute Cristian Tello equalized after the first half, but Joao Felix scored the winner just hours later from Thomas Lemar who beat Atletico.

Joao Felix opened his account after being selected by Atletico Madrid for the first time since July 2020, 74 seconds from close range, by Angel Correa

When Yannick Carrasco could not choose between Joao Felix or Renan Lodi, the guests wasted no chance to add a second.

Jose Maria Gimenez’s head clearance was cut off from Paul Akouokou, and soon Tello was able to restrain Betis with his first shot from 20 yards out.

In the opening half hour, Gimenez headed in for Simeone’s squad, which had to adjust for injuries to Correa and Sime Vrsaljko.

Together with Marcos Llorente, Atleti took the lead in the 61st minute with another simple opener for Joao Felix.

Betis pushed for a place in the Copa del Rey final, but the fatigue subsided and Antoine Griezmann pulled the ball back for Lemar in the 80th minute to cut three crucial points for Atletico.

Elche 1-2 Barcelona:

Barcelona have won eight straight La Liga games in all competitions, beating Elche.

Barcelona beat Memphis Depay’s controversial late penalty 2-1 with Elche to avoid relegation in their Champions League campaign.

Blaugrana took a surprise 4-0 win over Atletico Bio on January 20 in Copa del Rey, winning 4-0 in the last league.

But Barcelona are ready to score ahead of Sunday’s clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

In the 44th minute, Fidel’s Elche took the lead, but the VAR decided to handle Antonio Barragan in the area, and the VAR’s Antonio Barragan, 12 yards out, ended the wait for a public goal for the league goal.

In the 27th minute, Barca took the lead in a heroic defense, with Diego Gonzalez cleverly cutting off Frankie De Jong’s cross.

De Jong was later rescued by Edgar Badia, who was fined half the time for his defamation.

Pedri calmly crossed the box while playing for the ball in midfield and accidentally made a perfect pass to Fidel, who found the bottom right corner decisively.

However, Torres survived just 15 minutes into the second half as Jordi Alba deflected Ousmane Dembele’s cross from close range.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen prevented Pere Milla from reclaiming Elche’s leadership, and Badia similarly disobeyed Torres twice in a row.

However, video officials, who believed Barca were guilty of handball in the match against Depay, allowed the Netherlands international to take a free kick into the top right corner.

Elche was furious when Alba evaded retribution for a similar crime, and Javier Pastore, the unused substitute for his protest, saw red.

Xavi believes that Barca deserve more goal to win:

Xavi was disappointed with Barcelona’s victory at Elche and ended up in talks with his coaching partner, but said he was no longer comfortable.

Barca came late to win Sunday’s game, adding to their 11 unbeaten run in La Liga.

Fidel saw Elche take the lead in the 44th minute at the end of the first half, which was saved by Edgar Badia.

Barca got Ferran Torres’ first league goal back within an hour, but Blaugrana needed a Memphis Depay penalty in the 82nd minute after negotiations with VAR after referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez negotiated with the VAR. Antonio Barragan decided to handle the area.

Shortly afterwards, Elche hit the arm of Jordi Alba in the area and the referee appealed for a penalty, but the referee was not shocked.

Elche coach Francisco Rodriguez and striker Pere Milla were seen in a cartoon conversation with Xavi after the final VC, expelling Javier Pastore for protest.

Asked what was going on during the exchange, Xavi said: “Nothing is more important, these are just some of the tensions that have arisen.

“Better to talk about the match and the situations of the match itself. Maximum respect for Elche and Francisco. And with Pere Milla we even have friends in common.”

“I went into the break angry because I think we didn’t deserve to lose at that moment.

“Edgar Badia has made a great game. I was upset but I was hoping that if we attacked better, we could win the game. But I think we should have won by more than one goal.” he added.

Theassessment of Xavi is reflected in statistics. Barca’s total goal tally (xG) is 4.2, the fourth highest for a team in La Liga this season alone. on the contrary. Elche finished with 0.9 of xG.

Barca put pressure on top four rivals Real Betis and Atletico Madrid before Sunday’s clash at Benito Villamarin.


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