Barca’s young guns deliver late win over Elche, Atletico undone by Sevilla

Barcelona are in sight of La Liga’s prime 4 as soon as extra after 19-year-old Nico Gonzalez scored a late winner to seal a much-needed victory over Elche sooner than Atletico Madrid have been crushed by Sevilla.

Nico’s strike acquired right here after the 22-year-old Ferran Jutgla, making his full debut, and the 17-year-old Gavi had earlier given Barca a two-goal lead at Camp Nou.

But Elche scored twice in 96 seconds shortly after the hour as Tete Morente and Pere Milla pulled the company diploma, only for Nico to tug Barcelona to a 3-2 victory.

And the result obtained even larger for Barca’s top-four chase after Atletico misplaced 2-1 away at Sevilla, Lucas Ocampos smashing home throughout the 88th minute on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to consign Atleti to a third consecutive league defeat.

“It’s a hard second nonetheless I’m calm,” said Diego Simeone. “I perception throughout the squad we have now now.”

Barcelona are literally seventh, two elements behind Atletico and three behind Rayo Vallecano in fourth, however having carried out one sport fewer than Rayo.

Sevilla are second, 5 elements behind Real Madrid, who play at home to Cadiz on Sunday.

Gavi’s goal made him Barcelona’s third youngest ever scorer in La Liga at 17 years and 135 days, youthful even than Lionel Messi when he opened his account aged 17 years and 331 days.

Jutgla moreover registered his first expert goal, after coming off the bench remaining weekend in direction of Osasuna after which scoring in direction of Boca Juniors on Tuesday throughout the Maradona Cup, an exhibition match held in honour of Diego Maradona.

Nico’s goal achieved one different thrilling night time time for Barca’s young guns, decrease than per week after Xavi said his veterans wished to do further, insisting they might not depend upon the next period to deliver every week.

“Gavi, Nico, Abde, (Ronald) Araujo, (Alex) Balde, they’re the best way ahead for the membership,” Xavi said. “I carried out proper right here as soon as I used to be 18 and I was scared nonetheless they let their persona current.”

– Impressive Gavi –

Gavi, though, was considerably spectacular, {{the teenager}} scoring a wonderful explicit individual goal throughout the first half, sooner than then aiding Nico’s winner late throughout the second.

“What’s gorgeous is his age, he’s 17 and look how he competes,” said Xavi. “Today he made the excellence with a goal and an assist. More than one thing his work is spectacular. We’re fully glad to have him and I don’t want to study him to anyone. There’s no ceiling for him.”

Barcelona have been cruising after they scored twice in three minutes. Jutgla had already confirmed a sharp finish early on nonetheless was offside sooner than he headed in Ousmane Dembele’s swinging nook on the doorway publish throughout the sixteenth minute.

And throughout the nineteenth, it was two, Gavi with a spectacular goal to position his workforce in administration.

He seen Omar Mascarell approaching behind him when Clement Lenglet carried out the ball and he flicked it alongside along with his correct foot away from his marker, his physique spinning away into the home. Gavi drove forward and when he reached the sting of the sector, fired the ball low into the nook.

But Elche had openings on the break and it was two substitutes that dragged them once more into the game merely after the hour.

First, a wonderful counter-attack began down the left as Dembele’s press was crushed too merely and Lucas Boye did successfully to keep up the ball in off the street. He switched it correct to Morente, who smashed in.

Only 96 seconds had handed sooner than they’ve been celebrating as soon as extra, Morente freed as soon as extra down the perfect and this time crossing to the once more publish the place Milla’s header may solely be palmed in off the publish by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Frenkie de Jong, linked with an exit throughout the January change window, departed to whistles throughout the 76th minute nonetheless a tense ambiance turned joyous throughout the eighty fifth.

Gavi was on the coronary coronary heart of it as soon as extra, a neat one-two with Dembele sending {{the teenager}} to the street, the place he had the composure to tug once more for Nico who poked in on the stretch.

Atletico nearly took some extent from Sevilla after Felipe cancelled out a shocking goal from Ivan Rakitic sooner than half-time.

But Sevilla snatched victory on the end, Jules Kounde retaining the ball alive on the once more publish after a scramble throughout the area, which allowed Ocampos to slam in from shut range.

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