THE BALL – Ansu Fati beats Barcelona in Kiev (1-0) (Champions League)

Barcelona’s happy visit to Ukraine, with a victory over Dynamo Kiev (1-0), in the 4th round of Group E of the Champions League, which allows the Spaniards to overtake Benfica in the second place in the group, with six points , behind Bayern (12). Ansu Fati scored the only goal of the match.

The Catalans started more pressure, but both Depay (3′) and Ansu Fati (9′) saw shots intercepted by the Ukrainian defense, before goalkeeper Bushchan was called on to deflect a dangerous cross from Gavi, who asked for Ansu’s submission Fati (15′).

Dynamo reacted and arrived in danger in the Spanish area, first by Shaparenko, who in a good position to finish, hit the ball badly (24′), then by Carlos de Peña, who fired to Ter Stegen’s defense (25′). Served by the Uruguayan, the Ukrainian tried to aim again at the goal, but fired next to the right post of Barcelona’s goal (28′). The best threat from the culé until half-time was played by Nico González, who headed for a goal on 43′, avoided… by Memphis Depay, who was in the way of the ball.

In the second half, the hosts scared – Karavaev shot with danger, wide (50′) – but it was the Blaugrana emblem who scored. Not at 64′, when the referee pointed to the 11 meter mark, for an alleged foul on Ansu Fati, as, alerted by the VAR, the referee saw images and reversed the decision, but in a running play, completed by the Hispano-Guinean striker (70′).

Despite Dynamo’s reaction, Ter Stegen avoided goals from Sydorchuk (74′), Buyalskyi (78′) and Tsygankov (83′) and saw Zabarnyi appear in danger in the area, shooting wide (90′).

This is Barcelona’s first victory since Sergi Barjuan took over on an interim coach following the departure of Ronald Koeman.

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