Both sides struggled to create chances before the break in Catalonia with Eric Garcia forcing a key stop from Antonio Sivera in the best chance of the first 45 minutes.
Sivera saves well from Eric Garcia! 💥
— LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) October 30, 2021
La Blaugrana also lost Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero to a bizarre injury before the break but Memphis has stepped up when it mattered.
The Dutch star collected Jordi Alba’s neat square ball and bent home a fantastic effort from the edge of the box on 49 minutes.
Ooooh, what a curler that is from Memphis Depay! 😱
A special goal to put Barcelona 1-0 up 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/wNLQWRb4CL
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 30, 2021
However, despite Memphis’ key breakthrough for Barjuan’s hosts, Alaves immediately hit back with a response three minutes later.
Joselu’s clever through ball release Luis Rioja in behind and he calmly stroked the away side level.
Luis Rioja, do Alavés, marcando no melhor estilo Messi e em cima do Barcelona pic.twitter.com/HCPxTfIosd
— Torcedor Informado (@TorcedorInform1) October 30, 2021
Barjuan faces a real battle in the final stages as he aims to avoid a low key start to his interim tenure at the club.
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