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Barcelona drops point as Alaves hold Catalans to a draw.

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Barcelona drop points again in the La Liga despite playing 10-man Deportivo Alaves for more than 30 minutes.

Alaves managed a 1-1 draw with the Catalan giants on Saturday night, October 31, in a match full of drama from start to finish. The hosts would have gotten the lead in the 16th minute after Rioja raced down the left from a glorious ball from Deyverson and hit a fine cross into the path of Édgar Méndez, whose shot was on target but not venomous enough to trouble . And two minutes later Messi was denied after the Argentine receive the ball on the edge of the area but was swarmed by four blue and white shirts as he loses possession. But Barcelona came close in the 22nd after Florian Lejeune stops Messi’s low-drive free-kick effort with Pacheco well beaten. It was Alaves that broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when Rioja was allowed too much space to charge through and nick it off his boot before tapping in. Alaves 1-0. Barcelona captain Messi looked frustrated and was shown a yellow card for pointing out to the ref that every time he gets the ball he’s being hauled back by the nearest defender.

Jota Peleteiro was sent off in the 62nd minute as the hosts were reduced to 10-men following a high boot at Piqué and the midfielder got his marching orders for a second yellow. Ronald Koeman made some tactical changes in the second half allowing Griezmann move to the tip of the attack, more his natural position, with Messi dropping back to occupy the playmaker role in the middle of the supporting three. The decision paid-off in the 63rd minute after the Frenchman beat the offside trap and clipped a shot over Pacheco to level. 1-1 Barcelona. In stoppage-time, Messi would have gotten the win following a trademark run across goal and he went for the far corner, but went just wide. It ended; Alaves 1-1 Barcelona.

 

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United grab victory after Cavani’s brace insipires comback and sinks Saints

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Edinson Cavani came off the bench to inspire a stunning Manchester United comeback as they turned around a two-goal deficit to secure a superb victory at Southampton.

 

The 33-year-old Uruguayan striker was a half-time replacement for out-of-sorts Mason Greenwood with Saints two goals up and in control of a fluctuating encounter at St. Mary’s – the veteran turning the tide with a virtuoso display and a brilliant headed double.

 

James Ward-Prowse was United’s tormentor in that first half, setting up Jan Bednarek’s 23rd minute header with a corner before floating a magnificent free-kick beyond David de Gea 10 minutes later.

 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who watched his side waste a host of chances and also had to replace the injured De Gea with Dean Henderson at the interval, sent on Cavani to perform the rescue act and the deadline-day signing obliged in spectacular style.

 

Cavani was a constant threat, setting up Bruno Fernandes to pull one back just on the hour before showing the old instincts remained fully intact to divert the Portuguese midfield man’s deflected shot past the excellent Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy with a diving header, 16 minutes from time.

 

As the game entered injury time, and with Southampton hanging on desperately for a point, Cavani was the match-winner with a flicked header from Marcus Rashford’s cross to spark wild United celebrations as they recorded eight successive top-flight wins away from home for the first time.

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