Barcelona got 3 important points in La Liga after winning 3-1 against Alaves at Estadio de Mendizorroza. They are currently third and have temporarily shortened the gap with Girona to 3 points. Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan and Vitor Roque were the scorers. Despite the victory, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez and Barca players were upset by Roque’s red card.
Robert Lewandowski gave Barcelona the lead in the first half, before Ilkay Gundogan doubled their advantage early in the second half. Samu Omorodion pulled the goal back for Alaves less than 60 seconds later, but Roque – who had just come on for Ilkay Gundogan – scored to increase the score to 3-1.
Roque entered the field in the 59th minute to replace Gundogan, this player seemed to be injured and could not continue playing. Just five minutes later, in the 64th minute, Hector Fort made a great pass to Roque in the penalty area, and the Brazilian did not miss the opportunity to put the ball into the net. But this match did not last long for the young star, like the match with Osasuna.
Roque received a yellow card in the 67th minute for hitting a running defender in the face. And in the 72nd minute, when Lewandowski’s pass was made to Roque, Alaves defender Rafa Marin tried to receive the ball before Roque. Roque tried to eliminate Marin but unfortunately fouled his opponent. The referee gave Roque a second yellow card, causing the Brazilian to only play for 13 minutes in the match.
It was an exciting 13 minutes as the 18-year-old was fouled once, fouled twice, won a duel, touched the ball six times and passed the ball 100% of the time (2/2 times). But the most important statistics are 1 goal and 2 yellow cards. Roque has now scored 2 goals in the last 2 matches as a substitute. This is an interesting start for the new player who debuted at Barca earlier this year.
Video footage shows that there was very little contact, so Barcelona will certainly feel unhappy with this decision. Xavi was very angry about the decision and after the match, he mentioned appealing the decision because the red card would ban the young star for 1 match. Xavi said: “We will appeal Vitor Roque’s red card. This was a mistake!”
Barcelona’s sporting director Deco also spoke about appealing the suspension: “We will look to appeal, to see how we can try to prevent the yellow card being counted. In the end, he was mature.”
But Rafa Marin posted a photo showing off his legs after the match on his Instagram. Rafa Marin showed the cut he received and wrote: “The pictures speak for themselves.” The appeal may not be successful after this post, although Barca fans do not believe that Marin’s cut was from a collision with Roque.
Thanh Vu | 09:12 February 4, 2024