Sergo Roberto Masterclass Helps Barcelona Overcome Almeria To Close Gap With Girona, Real Madrid

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Barcelona ended their 2023 on a winning note following a 3-2 win over Almeria with captain Sergi Roberto’s double sparing Xavi’s blushes after basement boys twice peg his team back to keep Barca in touch with LaLiga top two in Girona and Real Madrid.

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Following the hard fought victory, Barcelona have now moved within six points of leaders Girona going into the new year as they look t defend their title although it’s proving to be such an herculean task after a not so good performances both in the league and UCL although they made it to the round-16.

Barcelona defeated bottom-place team Almeria 3-2 thanks to two goals from Sergi Roberto which will put an end to talk of a crisis before the team’s Thursday trip to Dallas to play Mexican team America.

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The club had put the highly anticipated game just a few hours after their final league game of 2023 and if they had made another mistake, it would have required a lengthy journey to Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Rather with a passionate second half performance, they converted the halftime whistles into cheers in front of a mere 34,471 spectators.

Another dejected crowd in the Olympic Stadium whistled at Barcelona’s slow start, but Raphinha responded by putting the home team ahead. They were pegged back twice by the visitors but captain Roberto made sure the host took all three points to ease the pressure on Xavi Hernandez to end the year on a wining note.


For Friday’s friendly against Club America in Dallas, Barcelona has announced a very strong roster. However, astute fans noted that Ronald Araujo was missing from the matchday squad list that was released on Wednesday night.

It has now been revealed that the Araujo will miss the game along with injured players Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Inigo Martinez, Marcos Alonso, Pedri, and Gavi. This will help Barcelona raise much-needed money in advance of the winter transfer window.

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The Jijantes have disclosed the cause of Araujo’s nonattendance. The Uruguayan still feels pain from the broken jaw that occurred earlier this month. He’ll stay in Barcelona for medical testing while the other teammates head back to the states.

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