Girona 0-1 Barcelona: Pedri grabs the winner on his 100th appearance

Girona 0-1 Barcelona: Pedri grabs the winner for the second weekend running on his 100th appearance to send LaLiga leaders six points clear of Real Madrid

  • Midfielder Pedri broke the deadlock at the hour-mark to give Barcelona the lead
  • Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele went off injured in first-half after pulling up
  • Girona boss Michel was shown a red card in the dying minutes of the game

Pedri once again filled the boots of the suspended Robert Lewandowski to give Barcelona a narrow win over Girona that sends them six points clear at the top of LaLiga.

The 20-year-old was playing his 100th game for Barça and this was his 15th goal, his fifth of the season in LaLiga. 

The complaints about his inability to score from midfield have all been silenced by his form in front of goal this season.

Barcelona midfielder Pedri netted the winner on his 100th apperance for the club to send his side six points clear at the top of LaLiga

The LaLiga leaders scraped to another nervy win, having won their last three matches 1-0 in all competitions

The 20-year-old Spanish star broke the deadlock just after the hour-mark to give his side the lead

He had not started the game but was called upon early on when Ousmane Dembele hobbled off early in the first half with what looked like a thigh injury. 

The French winger suffered with injuries when he first joined the club but he was on a run of 14 months without a serious setback. 

He now looks he might be in for a spell on the sidelines, and with huge games coming for Barcelona including the double-header against Manchester United in the Europa League.


GIRONA (4-4-2): Gazzaniga; Martínez, Juanpe (Martin 81′), Espinosa, Miguel Gutiérrez; Romeu; Couto (Villa 70′), Herrera (Fernandez 59′), García, Riquelme (Roca 81′); Taty Castellanos (Stuani 70′)

Subs not used: Martín, Tsygankov, Hernández Cabrera, García, Callens, Fuidias

Manager: Michel


Booked: Castellanos, Martinez

Red card: Michel 

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, García, Alonso (Alba, 46′); Gavi, Busquets, de Jong; Raphinha (Kessie 88′), Fati (Balde 81′), Dembélé (Pedri 26′)

Subs not used: Bellerín, Peña Sotorres, Christensen, Roberto, Astralaga, Torre, Alarcón

Manager: Xavi

Goals: Pedri

Booked: Pedri, Fati, Gavi

Referee: Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz

Attendance: 13, 402

That, and the failure to win by a greater margin and with more flair, will be the concerns after this victory.

Barcelona are becoming the masters of the 1-0 win – this was their fourth victory by that scoreline in their last seven games and again it was a case of them taking their chances and defending resolutely.

Pedri’s goal came on 61 minutes from a Jordi Alba cross from the left. The ball should not have reached him but keeper Paulo Gazzaniga failed to smother the centre and it squirmed to the Spain international who made no mistake.

Pedri had replaced Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele who was forced off with an injury in the first-half

Girona boss Michel was shown a red card in the dying minutes of the game for his touchline antics

Girona’s best chance to equalise came late on when Aleix Garcia’s cross from the left was volleyed wide by Ivan Martin. The goal was gaping but the substitute couldn’t adjust his body shape in time and sent the effort a long way off target.

Barcelona are now out on their own at the top with still one game for them to play before they reach the halfway point of their season. Xavi has them exactly where he wants them but there will be questions over the manner of the victory and more complaints from the purists over an absence of style.

That will not concern him too much at this stage – he needs a league title and his team are in the best place to make that happen, albeit not winning in the way he did so often as a player.

‘We are finding it hard to close games down,’ said scorer Pedri. ‘I know I had to improve my goal numbers. The chances are coming to me at the moment and I’m converting them.’

Xavi confirmed Dembele’s thigh injury and added: ‘We have to get better. We have to take more chances in attack. But I’m very happy with the three points.’

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