Barcelona, which has tapped into a fourth challenge in terms of signing up most of its new players, has had a poor start in La Liga 2022-23.

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Javi Hernandez’s side drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. The hosts dominated the shots and possession of the ball, but the guests resisted.

La Liga 2022-23

Barcelona 0-0 Rayo Vallecano

Line ups:

ter Stegen, Araujo, Christensen (Sergi Roberto, 60′), Garcia, Alba (Aubameyang, 82′), Gavira (de Jong, 60′), Busquets, Pedri (Kessier, 72′), Diaz ( Fati, 60′), Lewandowski, Dembele. Camello (Radamel Falcao, 62′), Garcia, Trejo (Jose Pozo, 84′), Palazón (Sanchez, 79′), Ciss, Lopez (Valentin, 62′), Garcia, Catena, Lejeune, Baliou, Dimitrievski.

Barcelona missed a lot of chances and failed to break the strong defensive structure of the guests.

In the 12th minute, Lewandowski received the ball at the left edge of the goalkeeper’s area after Dembele’s pass, quickly processed it and shot past the goalkeeper into the goal. The goalkeeper knocked out, but after the ball crossed the goal line – however, the Polish player was offside.

Already compensated time the hosts were in the minority. Sergio Busquets, in a tight fight with Falcao, accidentally hit him on the chin with his elbow and received a second yellow card.

The team failed to open in the last third as the players were disappointed. Rayo had several moments in this entertaining contest.
They also found the net in stoppage time, but the referee raised his flag for offside.

Key records scripted in this match

Barcelona drew 0-0 for the sixth time in their first league game of the season.
This is the second 0-0 home game since the draw against Real Sociedad in September 1968.

In the 2021-22 season, Barca had failed to score against Rayo, losing on both occasions in La Liga. This is the 3rd successive match in which they have failed to find the back of the net.

Barcelona have not won their last three league matches (including the 2021-22 season). They have drawn twice and lost once. In each of those three games, “the Spanish club failed to score. Barça also lost their previous home game against Rayo.

By Maxim

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