Se­tien suf­fers first Barca loss

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Va­len­cia

– Quique Se­tien’s hon­ey­moon pe­riod lasted less than a fort­night as he tasted his first Barcelona de­feat on Satur­day in his sec­ond La Liga game in charge af­ter a 2-0 loss to Va­len­cia.

A Jordi Alba own goal and Maxi Gomez’s strike at Mestalla raised early doubts about Se­tien’s ap­point­ment and gave Real Madrid the chance to move three points clear at the top of the ta­ble. Sevilla jumped into third, above Atletico Madrid and five points be­hind the top two, af­ter they beat Granada 2-0.

Barcelona had most of the ball but Va­len­cia had the best chances as Gomez missed a penalty and also hit the cross­bar in the first half. Gabriel Paulista saw a third goal ruled out late on.

While per­for­mances un­der pre­vi­ous coach Ernesto Valverde were stodgy and fa­mil­iar fail­ings went un­re­solved, he left a side in first place. Se­tien promised a new style but few will cheer a team that loses. – AFP

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