Barcelona slump to shock home defeat at hands of Alaves

Alaves claimed a sensational 2-1 win over Barcelona, making the most of Luis Enrique’s resting of Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez from his starting lineup.

The promoted side claimed all three points at the Camp Nou, with Ibai Gomez scoring what proved to be the winning goal following atrocious defending from the home side. It was a theme that permeated throughout the contest.

While Alaves were well-organised at the back, Barcelona looked extremely susceptible to the counter-attack and fell behind in the first half to Deyverson’s well-taken finish at the near post.

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Jeremy Mathieu equalised just seconds after the half-time break, but Alaves regained their composure and scored another. Messi, Suarez and Iniesta were all introduced as Enrique attempted to turn the game around, but none of the trio made an impression as Alaves pulled off a considerable shock at the home of the champions.

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