Almeria broke Barça’s seven-match winning streak in the league and dealt another blow to the Catalans, who after 18 matches without defeat in all competitions have lost two in a row after being knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday.
The hosts were the better side in the first half and scored after 24 minutes when Luis Suarez sent a perfect long pass to Toure, who skipped behind Barça defenders. The Malian striker burst into the area and struck a powerful shot under the crossbar.
It was only the eighth goal Barcelona have conceded in La Liga this season, less than any team in Europe’s top five leagues. Almería should have increased its lead, but Leo Baptistao’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Rodrigo Eli then missed from close range, kicking a header off a corner kick when he was completely alone in the area.
I’m very angry because I think we played our worst game of the season, mostly in the first half, Barcelona manager Javi Hernandez told Movistar Plus. We were not good and missed a great opportunity in a match we could not afford to lose after what happened to Real.
It was a golden opportunity today and it ended very badly for us. No excuses, it was the worst performance of our team all season. Xavi made five substitutions after the break, but Barça could not beat the disciplined Almeria defense. Almeria, who have won only one of their last eight matches, held on to three precious points while trying to avoid relegation.
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