Viktoria 2 – Barca 4: Home advantage neutralised by Los Blaugranas

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Barcelona defeated Viktoria Pilsen 4-2 on Tuesday at Doosan Arena. Both sides came from defeats in their previous league games. Viktoria were looking to get back to winning ways after losing 4-0 to Internazionale in their last match whilst Barca had lost their previous match against Bayern Munich. Following this match, Viktoria are now in 4th place on the table and have 0 points while Barca sit in 3rd with 7 points after 6 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Los Blaugranas, when Marcos Alonso gave them the lead early in the first half. They then scored again, pulling level thanks to a goal from Ferran Torres just before half-time, finishing the first half 2-0.

Viktorka started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, when Tomas Chory found the net in the 51st minute. However, Barca increased their lead 3-1 thanks to a second effort from Ferran Torres, 54 minutes in. However, Viktoria refused to lie down and managed to pull back a 2nd effort from Tomas Chory in the 63rd minute. In the end though, Barca increased their advantage thanks to a Pablo Torre Carral goal, at 75 minutes, leaving the final score at 4-2.

Substitutions for Viktoria included Milan Havel, Pavel Bucha, Ales Cermak, Fortune Akpan Bassey and Adam Kronus for Vaclav Jemelka, Modou N’Diaye, Lukas Kalvach, Tomas Chory and Vaclav Pilar, respectively. Barca brought on Alejandro Balde, Marc Casado, Alvaro Sanz and Ousmane Dembele, to replace Jordi Alba, Franck Kessie, Pablo Torre Carral and Raphinha.

There were bookings for Modou N’Diaye from Viktoria, and Gavi, Pablo Torre Carral and Ferran Torres, for Barca.

Technical card:
Viktoria Pilsen:Jindrich Stanek, Libor Holik, Lukas Hejda, Ludek Pernica, Vaclav Jemelka (Milan Havel, min.57), Erik Jirka, Lukas Kalvach (Ales Cermak, min.78), Adam Vlkanova, Modou N’Diaye (Pavel Bucha, min.57), Vaclav Pilar (Adam Kronus, min.88) and Tomas Chory (Fortune Akpan Bassey, min.78)
Barcelona:Inaki Pena, Hector Bellerin, Gerard Pique, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba (Alejandro Balde, min.57), Pablo Torre Carral (Alvaro Sanz, min.77), Franck Kessie (Marc Casado, min.67), Gavi, Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati and Raphinha (Ousmane Dembele, min.77)
Stadium:Doosan Arena
Goals:Marcos Alonso (0-1, min. 6), Ferran Torres (0-2, min. 44), Tomas Chory (1-2, min. 51), Ferran Torres (1-3, min. 54), Tomas Chory (2-3, min. 63) and Pablo Torre Carral (2-4, min. 75)