Barcelona 3-2 Elche: Nico Gonzalez strikes late and Gavi scores wondergoal to grab win for Xavi’s facet… who threw away a two-goal lead in simply TWO minutes towards relegation threatened opponents
Pedri confirmed his Golden Boy trophy off on the Camp Nou and then Barcelona’s different golden boys took over as Xavi’s younger group gave their coach his third win in his seven video games in cost thus far.
Substitute Nico acquired the winner with 5 minutes left of regular time to give Barcelona their 3-2 win.
Gavi set-up the objective and was Barcelona’s greatest participant in a win that confirmed as soon as extra that the one approach of the mess they discover themselves in is for Barcelona to belief their youngest gamers.
With 19-year-old Pedri nonetheless out injured it was left to 17-year-old Gavi to cleared the path on the pitch he broke away to rating a superb first objective for the membership.
Nico Gonzalez (centre) celebrates his profitable objective for Barcelona of their 3-2 win over Elche
Gonzalez got here off the bench to grab the profitable objective on the Nou Camp with 5 minutes left
He was on the sting of the centre circle when he spun away from his marker. He then drove with the ball to the sting of the world drifting previous Enzo Roco earlier than lashing the ball previous Edgar Badia off the submit.
He turned the fourth participant born after 2000 to rating for Barcelona in La Liga. Ansu Fati, Nico and Abde had each executed it earlier than – no group in Spain has as many teenager discovering the online.
That made it 2-0. Barcelona’s first objective had got here from one other younger expertise scoring his first for the membership. Ferran Jutgla had been picked to begin forward of Luuk de Jong who Xavi desires moved on within the winter window. The 22-year-old is a former Espanyol youth teamer who was signed in the summertime to rating objectives for the B group.
Ferran Jutgla had fired Barcelona into a primary half lead as he pokes house the opening objective
The 22-year-old celebrates opening the scoring after simply quarter-hour on the Nou Camp
He rose to head house a nook three minutes earlier than Gavi’s masterpiece and Elche simply had no reply to Barcelona subsequent technology. The 19-year-old winger Abde was opening up the pitch on the left and with Ousmane Dembele doing the identical on the correct Barcelona had been tormenting Elche.
Jordi Alba was pouring ahead from left again however into intelligent central areas and even Frenkie De Jong was having fun with himself with one very good pirouette management gorgeous the Camp Nou.
For all of the magic going ahead Barcelona had been nonetheless permitting Elche to have possibilities. Lucas Boye was allowed a free-header which he couldn’t flip previous Marc Andre ter Stegen and Lucas Perez was then gifted an opportunity by Jordi Alba. The left-back’s header to Ter Stegen dropped quick and the Elche ahead stole in however pulled his shot and Ter Stegen saved.
On 62 minutes Elche did have a foothold again within the sport. With Barcelona’s 3-4-3 cruelly uncovered. Boye went down the left simply retaining the ball in play. He then crossed for Tete Morente to convert on the again submit.
Three minutes later the Nou Camp erupted once more after Gavi’s wonderstrike
The 17-year-old kisses the Barca badge to have a good time after doubling his facet’s lead
Despite Elche pulling two second half objectives again, Gonzalez’s late strike ensures Xavi’s (above) facet took all three factors to sustain their pursuit of getting again into the highest 4
Two minutes later it was greater than only a foothold – they’d their legs below the desk. Morente turned supplier and Pere Milla headed within the equalizer. Suddenly Barcelona’s youth group regarded susceptible however they’ve spirit in addition to expertise.
Jutgla had the prospect to put Barcelona again into the lead however he fired over from Gavi’s help. Nico, who had simply come on, was then twice denied with goalbound pictures after being set-up by Abde.
Xavi was courageous together with his substitutions. He took off Jutgla however didn’t deliver on Luuk de Jong. And Frenkie de Jong was the following to go off with Riqui Puig approaching. With all of the modifications the tireless Gavi was now taking part in as false 9 and he drifted extensive to create the winner. He pulled the ball again intelligently for Nico who simply squeezed his shot house earlier than Josema may rob him.
The six minutes added one the place interminable for Xavi however his younger group held out for the three factors.