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Jutgla Gets 7.5, Nico With 7 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Linares Deportivo

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona clashed heads with Linares Deportivo at the Estadio Municipal de Linarejos earlier this evening as they hoped to pick up a win in the Copa del Rey. The Catalans made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 19th minute when Hugo Dias scored with a good header. Barca failed to come up with an immediate response and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

The visitors managed to equalise in the 63rd minute when Ousmane Dembele found the back of the net with a curled strike. Ferran Jutgla completed the turnaround for Barca just six minutes later as he scored with a good finish. The Catalan giants ended up winning the contest by a narrow 2-1 scoreline.

Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player performed during the clash against Linares Deportivo.

GK: Neto – 6/10

The Barca keeper had to make one save in the game but won’t be pleased after conceding a goal inside the first quarter of the match.

CB: Oscar Mingueza – 6/10

Mingueza was pushed back inside his half at times. However, he stood strong and picked an assist for setting up Dembele’s goal.

CB: Eric Garcia – 6/10

The Spaniard went close to scoring but was denied by Brimah Razak. He did enough work defensively to limit the opposition from scoring more than once.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10

Araujo was lively on the ball and was mostly solid at the back. He earned possession back a few times and read the danger well during the game.

Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Ferran Jutgla (L) fights for the ball with Linares’ Spanish defender Josema during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) football match between Linares Deportivo and FC Barcelona at the Linarejos stadium in Linares, on January 5, 2022. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)
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RM: Dani Alves – 6.5/10

The Brazilian veteran looked defensively vulnerable at times but created a few decent chances for his teammates in the final third.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 6.5/10

He retained possession really well for Barca but failed to create any real chance going forward.

CM: Riqui Puig – 6.5/10

Puig gave away the ball cheaply sometimes but managed to create some inviting opportunities for others around him in the first half.

LM: Jordi Alba – 6/10

The Spanish talent worked hard but failed to come up with anything meaningful in the attacking end of the field.

CAM: Nico Gonzalez – 7/10

He caused a few problems for the opposition defence and was responsible for setting up Jutgla’s matching winning goal in the 69th minute.

ST: Ilias Akhomach – 6/10

Akhomach offered very little in the first half and got replaced at half-time.

ST: Ferran Jutgla – 7.5/10

He was a constant menace in the final third and went close to scoring twice. He finally managed to find the back of the net in the 69th minute with a curled effort.


ST: Ousmane Dembele – 7/10

He came on and scored the all-important equaliser for the Catalan outfit.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

De Jong gave Barca more control in midfield.

CB: Gerard Pique – 7/10

The Spanish centre-back added some bite and steel to Xavi’s defence.

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