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Barça Bounce Back with Roque Rocket, Osasuna Reduced to Ten in Tight Clasp

Vitor Roque, Barcelona’s new teenage firecracker, announced himself in style with a crucial first goal for the club, securing a hard-fought 1-0 win over Osasuna. This victory catapults Barça back into third place in La Liga, leaving their Pamplona rivals frustrated after failing to score for the fourth straight away encounter against the Blaugrana.

The Camp Nou faithful were still digesting last weekend’s shocking 5-3 defeat to Villarreal, but their hopes were dashed early on when Ferran Torres limped off with an injury. Despite the setback, Barça piled on the pressure, with Robert Lewandowski missing golden chances from İlkay Gündoğan’s free-kick and João Cancelo’s pinpoint cross.

Osasuna, however, were no pushovers. Unai García marshaled the defense admirably, thwarting Fermín López’s attempt and snuffing out a dangerous ball from Lamine Yamal. At the other end, Lucas Torró and Ante Budimir threatened, but their headers couldn’t find the net.

Despite dominating possession, Barça lacked a cutting edge in the first half. Aitor Fernández, the Osasuna goalkeeper, remained largely untroubled. The second half started brightly, with Yamal wasting a sitter after López’s clever touch. Gündoğan then followed suit, missing another inviting cross from Yamal.

Just as frustration began to mount, Xavi sprung a surprise, substituting the lively López for the untested 18-year-old Vitor Roque. The gamble paid off immediately! Cancelo whipped in an exquisite outside-of-the-foot cross, and Roque met it with a powerful header that nestled into the net.

Osasuna’s woes deepened when García, already on a yellow card, clumsily brought down Roque and received his marching orders. Barça had a golden chance to put the game to bed through Yamal, but his solo run ended with a tame shot straight at Fernández.

Jagoba Arrasate, the Osasuna boss, threw everything at it with a triple substitution, but his gamble almost backfired as Raúl García agonizingly dragged his shot wide. Jon Moncayola tested Iñaki Peña from distance, but ultimately, Los Rojillos couldn’t find the equalizer.

Their three-game unbeaten run in La Liga came to a crushing end, leaving them stuck in 12th place. For Barcelona, the win was a much-needed tonic, reaffirming their grip on the top four and keeping their title defense flickering ever so brightly. The night belonged to João Cancelo, who orchestrated the attack with his trademark dazzling runs and pinpoint crosses, earning him the Flashscore Man of the Match award.

However, the real hero was the young Roque, who stepped up when it mattered most. His goalscoring debut could be the spark Barça need to ignite their season!

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