?A desperately unfortunate own-goal handed Barcelona an undeserved win over Slavia Prague on Wednesday night, in which the Champions League minnows went toe-to-toe with their Spanish opponents and had Marc-Andre ter Stegen to blame for leaving empty-handed.
Wasting no time at all, Lionel Messi controlled Arthur’s pass into the box with a nonchalant first-time finish to give the visitors the lead less than three minutes into the game.
While it seemed that ?Barça
Starting XI: Kolar (7); Coufal (8), Kudela (8), Hovorka (7), Boril (8); Sevcik (8), Soucek (9), Masopust (8), Stanciu (7), Zeleny (6); Olayinka (8).
Substitutes: Tecl (8), Van Buren (7) Husbauer (7).
Key Talking Point
It was far from vintage Barcelona in the Czech capital. Having taken an early lead, many, if not all, inside the Sinobo Stadium fully expected the visitors to dominate the game and open the floodgates.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (9*); Semedo (6), Pique (6), Lenglet (5), Alba (6); Arthur (6), Busquets (7), De Jong (6); Messi (7), Suarez (7), Griezmann (5)
Substitutes: Dembele (7), Vidal (6), Rakitic (N/)
Its safe to assume that Marc-Andre ter Stegen didn’t expect to be involved as much as he was on Wednesday night. But, when he was, he showed the world (and Joachim Low) why is among the best goalkeepers in world football at present.
Faced with countless efforts from the plucky Czech side, he was on hand to provide the brick wall Barcelona so desperately needed after being harassed every time they had the ball by superb hosts.
We’re talking about a magnificent goalkeeper here. One who can produce any kind of save, hit any kind of pass and all at alarming consistency.
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world.
Thank you for your time.
— Donnie Druin (@DonnieDruin) October 23, 2019
The best player in Barca right now
— Naleyforever (@Naleyforever1) October 23, 2019
Ter Stegen arguably the best player in Barcelona….let’s leave Messi out for now
— Eric Adodo (@el_linkin) October 23, 2019
Hosts for the night Slavia Prague face a tricky trip to take on Plzen in the Czech First League, who sit just one place and six points behind them in second position.
Back on top in La Liga, Barcelona have the chance to maintain their lead over Real Madrid on Tuesday as they host mid-table Valladolid.
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