Antoine Griezmann strike secures third place for Barcelona in La Liga

Antoine Griezmann strike secures third place for Barcelona in La Liga

 

 

An acrobatic late strike from Antoine Griezmann saw
Barcelona confirm their third-place finish in La Liga on
Saturday, as they crept past already relegated Eibar 1-0 in their
last match of the season.
They end the campaign on 79 points, seven behind
champions Atletico Madrid and five off second-placed Real
Madrid.
“We didn’t do the business in important games this season,”
matchwinner Griezmann said.
“Of course I’m happy with the goal but still disappointed with
how the league campaign has gone. We weren’t good at the
start of the campaign but we’ve been almost perfect in 2021.

“I’m happy for Atletico, for (coach) Diego Simeone, Koke, for
my friends there and their fans. They deserve it.”
Coach Ronald Koeman named a much-changed starting XI,
with Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique,
Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba and Pedri all absent, and initially it
showed in a somewhat disjointed first half.
Defender Oscar Mingueza was required to make a crucial
block early on as Sergi Enrich bore down on goal after Frenkie
de Jong lost the ball in a dangerous area, in an otherwise
uneventful first 45 minutes.
With the game seemingly destined for a draw, it sparked to life
in the closing stages.
On 81 minutes Griezmann smashed in from an acute angle
following good work from Ousmane Dembele down the right-
hand side.
Barca were given a scare four minutes from time when
Takashi Inui saw an effort smash back off the crossbar,
however the Catalans held out to secure the three points.
Eibar, meanwhile, finish bottom of the table on 30 points and
return to the second-tier Segunda after seven years in Spain’s
top flight.

Source: Football – Fairplay News

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