Barcelona rescued a degree with a 1-1 draw away at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday due to a late second-half own-goal by defender Florian Lejeune.
The LaLiga champions are third within the standings on 31 factors, one behind second-placed Actual Madrid and three again from shock leaders Girona, each of whom have a sport in hand.
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Impacted by accidents to key gamers similar to goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and midfielder Gavi, who suffered an ACL tear in Spain’s win towards Georgia, Barca supervisor Xavi Hernandez made six modifications to the group choice that fought again to win 2-1 towards lowly Alaves of their earlier sport however his facet saved struggling.
Rayo began the sport on prime and outclassed final season’s champions all through the primary half earlier than opening the scoring with an excellent strike from vary by midfielder Unai Lopez within the thirty ninth minute.
Barça got here again with urgency after the break and finally equalise due to a mistake by Rayo defender Lejeune, who despatched the ball into his personal internet with the tip of his boot as he tried to clear a cross within the 82nd minute.
“We did not play effectively, we weren’t at our stage. We’ve to work tougher,” midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who returned to the beginning line-up after lacking 10 video games by means of damage, instructed Movistar Plus.
“We’ve a very good group, the plan is nice, everybody ran as a lot as they might, however we now have to be constant. We’ve a number of accidents, it is true, however there’s a number of season left to bounce again.”