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Champions Barca beaten by Valladolid


Champions Barca beaten by Valladolid

Relegation-threatened Real Valladolid snatched a 3-1 win at home against champions Barcelona on Tuesday as the hosts secured a crucial victory in their battle to remain in LaLiga. The win moved Valladolid up one place to 17th and out of the relegation zone, before the club owned by former Real Madrid and Brazil forward Ronaldo face Almeria and Getafe, who are also battling to avoid the drop, in their remaining two games.

Real Valladolid earned an important 3-1 victory over champions FC Barcelona to boost their LaLiga survival hopes on Tuesday (May 23). The hosts were good value for their victory and climbed to 17th, moving provisionally three points clear of the relegation zone.

Barcelona defender Andreas Christensen sent Valladolid on their way by heading into his own net in the second minute. Canadian striker Cyle Larin added the second from the penalty spot after Eric Garcia tripped Gonzalo Plata in the area, with the Ecuadorian winger scoring the third on the break.

LaLiga's top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for the Catalans in the final stages.

Barca winger Raphinha revealed a message of support for Real Madrid winger and Brazil compatriot Vinicius Junior in the second half when he was substituted.

Vinicius was racially abused by Valencia fans on Sunday at their Mestalla stadium.

"I didn't know he was going to do it but I think it's a good message, because racism has to end," Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong told DAZN, after Raphinha took his shirt off to show the message after being substituted.

Players from both sides held up a banner reading "racists out of football" before the game, as part of a LaLiga and Spanish football federation initiative following the abuse on Sunday.

Young playmaker Pablo Torre started for the first time in LaLiga for Barca and put in a bright performance but his team were sluggish as a whole and fell to a second consecutive defeat.

"Pablo had a good game, he was good in his position, he played through a lot of good passes and linked up well with Robert," Xavi told reporters.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is still chasing the LaLiga clean sheet record of 26 – he has 25 with two matches remaining.

"In the first half we were not good, we let in two goals because of our own mistakes. We had an objective, we completed it, and that has caused a dip in concentration," said Xavi.

"We have had a great season, but for our fans, and to say goodbye to (Sergio) Busquets, we have to do better."

Earlier on Tuesday, fourth-placed Real Sociedad beat Almeria 1-0 and the Basque side can secure a Champions League spot for next season on Wednesday if Villarreal, in fifth, drop points at home against Cadiz.

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