Valdepeñas 0-1 Barça: First leg win after home keeper heroics
Barça win a tough and evenly balanced game by a single goal, which could have been much more but for home side keeper and MVP Edu
Barça go into the return leg of the Liga playoff semi final with after winning 0-1 courtesy of a goal by Pito after a quick corner by Adolfo. Home side keeper Edu won the MVP award after making 19 saves and preventing a much more convincing scoreline for the Catalans.
Barça strike early
Barça dominated from the outset, Lozano and Ferrao already severely testing home side keeper Edu. What proved to be the winning goal was scored by Pito after a quick corner by Adolfo.
Valdepeñas stepped up the pace to try to score the equaliser but Nano and Rato found Dídac in the way. Barça were playing as team both in attack and defence and only Edu and some attacks breaking down in the final third prevented further goals.
Second half in the balance
Dídac and Edu were the standout players for large parts of the second half. Bateria and Matheus Preá for Valdepeñas and Dyego, Ferrao and Matheus for Barça putting them to the test respectively.
The minutes ticked by and the status quo remained. Both teams applied themselves admirably but the goals just wouldn't come, meaning it is all to be decided in the return leg on Saturday June 18, kickoff 1pm CEST.
Referees: Barrilero Mohedano, Bustos Caparrós. Yellow for Marcenio (min 10 ), Àlex Lluch (min 12) André Coelho (min 14), and Ortiz (min 24) from Barça, and yellow for Rafa Rato (min 25) and coach David Ramos (min 35) from Valdepeñas.