Barcelona (AFP) – Even after coach Ronald Koeman was fired, FC Barcelona was unable to free itself from its sporting crisis.
The Catalans did not get past 1:1 (0:0) against Deportivo Alaves in the league match at home on Saturday night and are currently ninth in the standings. Under the guidance of interim coach Serge Barguan, Barcelona advanced with a superb goal from Memphis Depay in the 49th minute. But only three minutes later Luis Rioja equalized for the visitors, Barcelona’s defense again did not provide a good figure.
After two previous defeats, the controversial Koeman was forced to vacate his post this week. Club legend Xavi is the coveted successor. In the table, the cup winner is now eight points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Real wins with Kroos
With Toni Kroos in the starting line-up, Real Madrid celebrated their seventh win of the season and were at the top again. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team won 2-1 (1-0) at home to FC Elche without injured striker Karim Benzema.
Less than a week after winning 2-1 in the Clasico against Barcelona, the Brazilian Vinicius Junior (min. 22nd and 73rd) scored the two goals of the Spanish runner-up. But Elche too, who almost went down the previous season, created scoring opportunities and came through substitute Berry Milla (86th) to the late goal. After Raul Guti’s yellow and red, Elche had to be content with nine field players for about half an hour.
With 24 points, Los Blancos are again in pole position ahead of Real Sociedad San Sebastian (also 24 points), Seville and Betis Sevilla (both 21). However, the Seville club played one game less.