...Ous­mane Dem­bele re­turns af­ter four-month lay-off but vis­i­tors' ro­ta­tion gam­ble back­fires in Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg

Observer on Saturday - - World Sport - Daily Mail

The most ex­pen­sive sign­ing in Barcelona's his­tory made his re­turn from in­jury but could not in­spire his team to vic­tory over Celta Vigo in the Span­ish Cup.

Ous­mane Dem­bele was given 20 min­utes but strug­gled to make an impact in Barca's 1-1 draw in this first-leg last-16 Copa del Rey game.

The £97 mil­lion French in­ter­na­tional tore a ten­don in his right thigh last Septem­ber and had to be op­er­ated on in Fin­land by famed sur­geon Sakari Orava.

He strug­gled in the rain against Celta who might have beaten Barca had it not been for Arse­nal tar­get Jose Ar­naiz' first half goal.

He put Barca ahead on the quar­ter­hour. De­nis Suarez car­ried the ball into Celta's half, An­dre Gomes con­tin­ued down the left and crossed for Ar­naiz who buried the cen­tre with a crisp fin­ish.

It meant the 22-year-old B-team for­ward, who has been mon­i­tored by Arse­nal, con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive scor­ing record for the first team. He has only played three times for Ernesto Valverde this season and in all three games he has scored with his first shot on goal.

He scored in both legs of Barca's last-round cup game against Mur­cia and here he was at it again.

Signed from Val­ladolid in the sum­mer, he is the B-team's top scorer with six goals and several clubs have looked at a player whose buy­out clause is set at just £17m.

For­mer Liver­pool for­ward Iago As­pas' head did not go down af­ter Ar­nais' goal and he went past Gerard Pique in the area but crossed into a crowded area and Barcelona cleared their lines.

TUS­SLE: Vigo’s Lobotka fight­ing for the ball with Paulinho.

(Daily Mail)

PER­FECT FIN­ISH: Sisto fin­ished on the re­bound af­ter Iago As­pas (cen­tre) saw his close-range ef­fort crash off the cross-bar.

SHOCKER: Pione Sisto (l) shocked the vis­i­tors with an im­pes­sive fin­ish from a tight an­gle to level the scor­ing for Celta Vigo

GOAL: The vis­i­tors cel­e­brate with goal-scorer Ar­naiz (left) af­ter the young­ster opened the scor­ing with a crisp low shot

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