Info

2 - 2

Competition
La Liga
Date
23 September 2018
Game week
5
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
76055

Goals

L. Messi (G) 19' (assist by: A. Vidal)
1 - 0
1 - 1
45' C. Stuani (G) (assist by: Aday)
1 - 2
51' C. Stuani (G)
Piqué (G) 63'
2 - 2

Commentary

Minute   Description
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Barcelona will look to return to winning ways in their midweek clash on the road against Leganes, while Girona will be aiming to extend their three-match unbeaten run when they host Real Betis.
A superb match finishes level and Girona end Barcelona's 100 per cent record at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. Lenglet's first-half dismissal proved to be decisive as Stuani netted either side of the interval to cancel out Messi's opener, before Pique's header saved the blushes of the defending champions.
90'+3 FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 GIRONA
90'+1 The fourth official has signalled three minutes of added time.
89' Girona have put everyone behind the ball and are showing no desire to attack, as they look to hold onto what would be a very valuable point earned away from home against the defending champions.
88' WIDE! Coutinho shifts the ball into a shooting position from outside the area and tries to curl into the far corner of the net with his right foot but sees his attempt fly past the wrong side of the post.
86' Busquets tries to weave his way through the Girona defence and hits the deck under pressure from Muniesa but the referee is not interested in the appeals for a penalty.
85' Third and final change for Girona, as Portu is replaced by Doumbia.
81' Pique has his name taken by the referee after conceding a foul on Alcala.
82' Seven Barcelona players have scored in LaLiga so far this season, more than any other side in Spain's top-flight.
81' Coutinho goes direct from the resulting corner but Pique is penalised for a foul in the middle.
80' OVER! Suarez tries to beat Bono from distance but the effort is deflected over the bar for a corner. The hosts again go short before Messi floats the ball into the middle, where Pique heads it down for Umtiti but his attempt is blocked.
78' Girona, on the rare openings where they do get forward, cannot find the space to threaten.
76' Inside the final 15 minutes now and Girona are struggling to retain possession, inviting pressure from the likes of Messi and Suarez - which is always a dangerous tactic.
74' Barcelona are banging on the door and Girona look to be extremely stretched. There is certainly more goals in this and, at this moment, it looks likely that they will come from the hosts.
72' Second change of the game for Girona, who replace Granell with Luiz.
69' Portu becomes the latest Girona player to be booked after protesting with the referee.
Messi again strikes for goal from the free-kick but slips as he takes the shot, sending the ball looping into the arms of Bono.
68' Alcala becomes the third Girona player to be booked as he concedes a foul on Messi, again conceding a free-kick in a dangerous position.
67' Despite all of Barcelona's talent and possession, Girona cannot be overlooked and continue to be a danger as they benefit from the advantage over the ten-man side.
65' The perfect response from a central defender who has had a very tough evening. Pique was exposed for both of Girona's goals but he may well have redeemed himself with that header.
63' GOAL! 2-2! Girona cannot get the ball away following the corner and Barcelona put the ball back into the danger zone, with Suarez forcing a save from Bono that sends the ball looping into the air and Pique rises highest in the area to head home into an empty net.
62' SAVE! Messi tries again from a free-kick but is thwarted by Bono, who pushes the ball behind for a corner.
61' Juanpe is beaten by Suarez and catches the striker, conceding a free-kick in another dangerous area and picking up a booking.
60' OFF THE BAR! A clumsy challenge from Espinosa on Suarez concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position, given Messi a chance to strike at goal. He curls for the top corner but sees his attempt bounce off the top of the crossbar.
58' Barcelona's final change is also in midfield as Vidal is replaced by Rakitic.
Time for Barcelona's changes, the first of which sees Coutinho replace his compatriot Arthur.
56' Valverde is readying a double change as he looks to turn this game around as Girona look more than happy to defend what they have and will try to exploit Barcelona on the counter-attack.
54' Girona certainly deserve their lead as Barcelona have not done enough to suggest otherwise. Bono has had very little to do and the hosts' defence has struggled to cope with the pace of Portu.
51' GOAL! 2-1 Girona! Portu bursts through and beats Pique before forcing Ter Stegen into a save. The rebound falls perfectly for Stuani, who smashes home to net his second of the night and to give the visitors the lead.
49' CHANCE! First real opportunity for Barcelona in the second period as Semedo finds space down the right before teeing a pass across to Suarez, who sees his shot blocked behind for a corner. The hosts go short but the chance comes for nothing.
48' The visitors have started the second half strong, muscling Barcelona off the ball and threatening Barcelona's defensive line.
46' Girona get us back underway at the Camp Nou for what should be an intriguing second half.
Girona also make a change during the interval by introducing Borja Garcia for Manchester City loanee Aleix Garcia.
Change at the break for Barcelona, as Umtiti replaces Dembele.
Barcelona need to do more with their possession in the second period to ask more questions of Girona but the sending off has created problems. For Girona, they will look to continue in the same fashion as the latter stages of the first period where they frustrated their hosts and put them on the back foot.
A very entertaining first period at Camp Nou that has presented a number of talking points, after Messi's opener was cancelled out by Stuani's effort minutes before the interval. Barcelona have not made their pressure count and are now under pressure following the dismissal of Lenglet.
45'+3 HALF-TIME! BARCELONA 1-1 GIRONA
45' Benitez's cross looked to be fairly speculative but Stuani did brilliantly to snatch the opportunity when it came, after what has been a relatively quiet first half for the striker.
GOAL! 1-1! Benitez fires a cross into the middle where Stuani outmuscles Pique before poking past Ter Stegen to score for the third LaLiga match in a row.
44' Umtiti, who was sent off in midweek, has been warming up ever since Lenglet's dismissal and it appears Valverde may look to make a change during the break.
42' Barcelona may feel aggrieved by Lenglet's red card but every replay makes it appear more and more like the referee eventually came to the right decision. His side now face a crucial few minutes before the interval.
40' Suarez and Messi hover over the free-kick and it is the latter who strikes for goal but it is an easy save for Bono.
39' Espinosa has his name taken after using his hands to beat Suarez while defending an aerial ball.
37' Benitez goes for goal with the resulting free-kick but it is a comfortable save for Ter Stegen.
35' RED CARD! There was clear movement from Lenglet to move his arm towards the Girona man and the defender is given his marching orders. Barcelona are down to ten men!
33' Girona are doing extremely well to limit the opportunities that Barcelona are creating, which is never an easy task.
31' Portu, off balance, could not find the power in his shot to snatch that opportunity but those sorts of chances are extremely rare away from home against a side like Barcelona.
29' OFF THE LINE! Superb attacking play from Girona and Portu rounds Ter Stegen but sees his attempt hooked away by Pique, who recovered brilliantly to put the ball behind for a corner which comes to nothing.
27' Stuani, leading the line for Girona, has had very little to work with so far and it is unlikely that will change. He may be set for a very frustrating match.
25' Girona have seen very little of the ball since falling behind and they continue to be stretched by Dembele and Semedo in particular, who are finding room to work with on the flanks.
23' The danger for Girona now is that the floodgates open, just like in this fixture last year where Barcelona fought back from behind to win 6-1.
21' SAVE! Suarez superbly turns the defender on the edge of the box before forcing Bono into a save.
19' Vidal's work on the edge of the box before producing the pass for Messi was superb, showing the sort of grit and steel we have come to expect from the Chile midfielder.
GOAL! 1-0 Barcelona! The chance comes and Messi swiftly takes advantage. Vidal superbly uses his strength to hold up play and then tees a pass across the box to the forward, who tucks home superbly with a single touch.
18' Barcelona continue to be very patient in possession and they are more than happy to bide their time as they seek to create an opening.
16' Stuani now also has his name taken after a failed attempt to steal the ball off Semedo in midfield.
15' Arthur becomes the second Barcelona man to have his name taken after a poor challenge on Benitez in midfield.
14' Girona now seeing more of the ball but are yet to break down Barcelona's defence, although they are forcing the hosts into challenges.
12' The resulting corner comes to nothing and Girona immediately put Barcelona under pressure, where Semedo mistimes his challenge and earns a yellow card.
SAVE! Magical play from Messi as he charges acoss the box and past three defenders before trying to find the bottom right-hand corner of the net but Bono makes a crucial save.
11' Despite all the early pressure, Barcelona are yet to call Bono into action and have not properly tested the Girona defence.
9' Barcelona banging on the door and earn another corner, which is again played short before Dembele curls into the middle where Busquets can only stab the ball out of play.
7' Dembele tries to drill a cross into Alba in the middle but it is put behind for a corner. The hosts go short before teeing a pass to the edge of the box, with the France international then fed through again and seeing another inviting delivery bounce across the face of goal.
3' Barcelona already dictating the tempo and stretching Girona's five-man defence, with Dembele already catching the eye.
1' We are underway at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona start the action.
Controversially, the reverse fixture of this clash could be played in the United States! It's Catalonia today though and both sides have entered the field ahead of kick-off.
Girona make three changes to the side that overcame Celta Vigo in a thrilling 3-2 triumph last weekend, bringing in Pons, Aleix Garcia and La Masia graduate Muniesa into the fold. Porro, Borja Garcia and Luiz both drop to the bench as a result.
Valverde makes four changes to the side that swept past PSV in midweek as he drafts in Vidal, Semedo, Lenglet and Arthur. Roberto, Coutinho, Rakitic and Umtiti, who was sent off in the Champions League victory, drop to the bench.
Girona subs: Gorka Iraizoz, Borja Garcia, Douglas Luiz, Eric Montes, Pedro Porro, Patrick Roberts, Seydou Doumbia.
Barcelona subs: Jasper Cillessen, Munir El Haddadi, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez.
Girona XI (5-3-2): Bono; Aday Benitez, Bernardo Espinosa, Pedro Alcala, Juanpe, Marc Muniesa; Aleix Garcia, Pere Pons, Alex Granell; Portu, Cristhian Stuani.
Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele.
Girona emerged 3-2 victors against Celta Vigo last week to bring an end to their unbeaten start to the season, propelling themselves up the table as a result. Eusebio Sacristan's side have now won their last two matches in the league but will know they face a daunting task at Camp Nou.
Barcelona have enjoyed a 100 per cent start to the season under Ernesto Valverde, winning all four of their LaLiga games as well as beating PSV in the Champions League in midweek, and they will be favourites to maintain that record following today's game with Girona.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Girona, where the hosts are looking to maintain their 100 per cent record at the start of the season.

Lineups

R
A
A
1
M. ter Stegen
2
Nélson Semedo
2
B. Espinosa
3
Piqué
5
Sergio Busquets
5
Alcalá
6
Álex Granell
x2
7
C. Stuani
8
Arthur
8
Pere Pons
9
L. Suárez
9
Portu
10
L. Messi
11
Aday
11
O. Dembélé
13
Y. Bounou
15
Juanpe
15
C. Lenglet
18
Jordi Alba
20
Muniesa
22
A. Vidal
23
Aleix García
10
23
4
7
12
22
C
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
Jesús Gil
Assistants
Ángel Nevado
Fourth official
Sergio Usón

Sidelined

Barcelona

No information available

Girona

J. Mojica
A. Lozano
Planas

Match Stats

Barcelona Girona
48 Attacks (Dangerous) 25
8 Corners 2
9 Fouls 16
17 Free Kicks 10
2 Goal Kicks 6
1 Offsides 1
3 Shots (blocked) 0
4 Shots (off target) 1
12 Shots (on target) 3
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
14 Throw Ins 13

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
18+1016
28+1015
38+515
48+514
58+414
68+314
78+112
88-112
98+111
108+110
118-210
128-310
138-19
148-19
158-39
168-18
177-47
188-57
197-85
208-115

Camp Nou

Name:
Camp Nou 
City:
Barcelona 
Capacity:
99787