Hercules holds Barcelona to a drawDecember 1, 2016
With Messi, Neymar and Suarez all rested ahead of the el clasico on Saturday, Barça’s huge possession should have sealed the deal for them. But instead of the big win that should have resulted, Barcelona were forced to come back from behind and scrape a draw.
This is not the result they would have been looking for ahead of the clash with Real Madrid and after a string of poor results this should have been a confidence booster. Even with five youngsters making their first team debuts, Barcelona simply should have won this match. Instead, it was painful to watch. Instead of goal opportunities coming thick and fast, they came sporadically. In the end the first half ended goalless, despite Barcelona’s 80 percent possession.
Seven minutes after the break a goal finally came. But it wasn’t from the Catalans. Instead the home side went ahead thanks to David Mainz. That lead lasted just a few minutes though before Barça newbie Carles Aleña equalised off a long shot. Barcelona were back in the game.
While the goal seemed to perk Barcelona up a bit, and they did come close to going ahead, they just didn’t seem capable of finishing the job. Even with four minutes of injury time at the end Barcelona were unable to do enough to really make it count.
Saturday’s match is crucial, with FC Barcelona at a season low. They need to firmly take those three points and close the gap with Madrid. It’s still relatively early in the season and so plenty of time to close the gap and overtake Madrid at the top of the table. And things won’t go all Madrid’s way either. But they need to get out of this rut fast.
1-0 Mainz (min 52)
1-1 Aleñá (min 58)