Alavés 1-3 Barcelona: Ilkay Gundogan stars as Barca beat Alaves in first game since Xavi announcement

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Robert Lewandowski scores the opening goal for Barcelona against Alaves
Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski scored his first La Liga goal since 10 December

Ilkay Gundogan played a starring role as Barcelona beat Alaves in their first La Liga game since Xavi announced he will step down as boss in the summer.

Barca went in front when Robert Lewandowski latched on to Gundogan’s pass to dink the ball in.

Gundogan then fired in to double their lead after the break, before Samu Omorodion’s header made it 2-1.

Substitute Victor Roque sealed victory when he converted Hector Fort’s cross, only to be sent off nine minutes later.

The 18-year-old Brazilian picked up two yellow cards in quick succession, but Barcelona were able to see out the final 18 minutes with 10 men for their third successive win in La Liga.

Barca remain third in the table, seven points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Line-ups

Alavés

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sivera
  • 14TenagliaSubstituted forHagiat 77′minutes
  • 16Marín
  • 3Duarte
  • 27López
  • 8BlancoSubstituted forBenavídezat 77′minutes
  • 6Guevara
  • 7SolaBooked at 90mins
  • 18GuridiSubstituted forSimeoneat 63′minutes
  • 11RiojaSubstituted forRebbachat 63′minutes
  • 32OmorodionBooked at 12minsSubstituted forPanichelliat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Abqar
  • 10Hagi
  • 17Alkain
  • 20Simeone
  • 21Rebbach
  • 23Benavídez
  • 29Panichelli
  • 30Mendes
  • 31Owono
  • 33Rodríguez
  • 36Muñoz
  • 44Parada
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Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Peña Sotorres
  • 23Koundé
  • 4Araújo
  • 33CubarsíSubstituted forRomeuat 83′minutes
  • 2CanceloSubstituted forFortat 45′minutes
  • 21F de Jong
  • 15ChristensenSubstituted forMartínezat 82′minutes
  • 22GündoganSubstituted forRoque Ferreiraat 59′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 27Yamal
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 8PedriSubstituted forLópezat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Martínez
  • 16López
  • 18Romeu
  • 19Roque Ferreira
  • 26Astralaga
  • 30Casadó
  • 31Kochen
  • 35Hernández
  • 37Victor
  • 38Guiu
  • 39Fort

Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera

Attendance:
19,480

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