Sep 16, 2023 at 11:48 PM Update: 9 minutes ago
FC Barcelona has won La Liga for the fourth time in a row with Frenkie de Jong in the starting line-up. The national champion was too strong for Real Betis at home with 5-0. Atlético Madrid surprisingly lost hard when they visited Valencia CF: 3-0.
João Félix, hired from Atlético, opened the scoring for the home team. It was the Portuguese’s first competitive goal for ‘Barça’. Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 a few minutes later after being served by Andreas Christensen.
In the second half, Barcelona, where Frenkie de Jong played the entire match, continued to lead. Ferran Torres scored from a free kick, Raphinha scored the fourth and João Cancelo, who was hired from Manchester City, was also accurate.
Thanks to the victory, Barcelona is at least the leader in Spain for a day. The team has thirteen points from five matches. Real Madrid, which is second with twelve points from four games, will play at home against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
FC Barcelona will receive Antwerp FC, the team of coach Mark van Bommel and player affairs director Marc Overmars, in the Champions League on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ‘The Great Old’ also employs four Dutch players in the form of Gyrano Kerk, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Owen Wijndal and Vincent Janssen.
João Félix scored his first goal for FC Barcelona. Photo: Getty Images
Relegation candidate Valencia surprisingly wins against ‘Atléti’
Atlético Madrid lost for the first time this season. Valencia was far too strong for coach Diego Simeone’s team at 3-0, who did not have the injured striker Memphis Depay. The Dutch national team is still struggling with a groin injury, which means he also missed the last two international matches for the Dutch national team.
Striker Hugo Duro was the celebrated man at the club from the orange city. The Spaniard scored twice in the first half. Javier Guerra set the final score at 3-0 against Atlético after the break.
Valencia was still a superpower in Spanish football at the beginning of this century, but has now sunk deeply. Last season ‘Los Che’ finished sixteenth in La Liga. The club now has nine points after five matches and is currently fifth.
Atlético dropped to seventh place with seven points from four games. Simeone’s formation is this week’s opponent of SS Lazio in the Champions League. That group also includes Dutch national champion Feyenoord.
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