Barca Snatch 'inexplicable' Win At Dominant Sociedad, Girona Top Liga
Umer Jamshaid Published November 05, 2023 | 10:10 AM
Barcelona, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Nov, 2023) Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said football is "inexplicable" after Ronald Araujo's 92nd minute winner snatched Barcelona an undeserved 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad on Saturday in La Liga.
Barcelona failed to create any clear chances until the final stages, with their goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen keeping the score level, before Araujo headed Ilkay Gundogan's cross home with seconds remaining.
"It tastes spectacular," Xavi told Movistar after Araujo's late winner.
"Football sometimes is inexplicable -- last week we deserved to win and ended up losing, now (we) don't deserve to win, and end up winning."
"Maybe we came out with a post-Clasico hangover... we didn't have the intensity that we wanted," added Xavi.
However the Polish forward was just as quiet as he was last weekend as the game passed him and Barcelona by for large periods.
Real Sociedad pushed the Catalans back through the first half, carving out by far the better chances but were unable to find the opener.
The champions produced their first genuine chance in stoppage time when Pedri cleverly slipped in Gavi, but Remiro denied the midfielder.
Their chance to steal the points seemed to have vanished but centre-back Araujo popped up in the right place at the right time to pull off the heist.
"These are three very important points after coming from the Clasico, which we lost playing well," Araujo told Movistar.
The defeat leaves Real Sociedad sixth, after Real Betis beat Mallorca to rise above them.
"Generally we were better then them, we didn't put away our chances and they scored the one they had," Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal told Movistar.
"I think it's worse to lose without showing up, to lose without playing well... if you have to lose, I prefer to lose like this."
- Girona top -
Earlier Girona continued their stunning start to the season with a late comeback to beat Osasuna and take pole position.
Ivan Martin sent the visitors ahead but Osasuna striker Ante Budimir netted twice to turn the game on its head.
Ukrainian duo Artem Dovbyk and Viktor Tsygankov both struck for Girona to put them back in front and Aleix Garcia wrapped up the win late on, their 10th victory in 12 league games.
"We're not in the league of Barca, Madrid and Atleti, but we will fight to be in the league of those coming in behind them," said Michel.
"I dream of that, being in the league of La Real (Sociedad), Athletic, Rayo... now, yes, I dream of that league."
Elsewhere Real Betis earned a comfortable 2-0 win at home over Real Mallorca.