“It was an important victory,” said Dutch coach Ronald Koeman. “We cut the difference with Atletico. There will be excitement until the end of the season. We will see the result of the derby.”
“The most important thing was our victory tonight, but whatever the outcome (of the derby) will benefit us,” he said.
Barcelona entered the match after reaching the final of the Spanish Cup on Wednesday, after reversing their defeat by Sevilla 2-0, going to a 3-0 victory on the second leg after the extension, where they would meet Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona inflicted a second loss at the Andalusian club in less than a week, after it had beaten it in the league with two clean goals in the previous stage.
This was the last preparatory match for the intractable mission that awaits him on Wednesday, in the second leg of the Champions League final, against Paris Saint-Germain, after he fell 1-4 at his home, “Camp Nou”, one way.
Barcelona has achieved its tenth victory in the last 11 games in the league and maintained its unbeaten record in the League for the sixteenth game in a row, and it has not lost locally since last December, only once in 17 games, which was in front of Seville in the first leg of the cup.
And after Dutch coach Ronald Koeman made the same lineup in the two confrontations against Seville, he made two forced changes today, as the French Antoine Griezmann, who was no longer in his accounts recently, and Samuel Umtiti, instead of the injured, were their compatriots Othman Dembele and defender Gerard Pique.
Pique, who scored the equalizing goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time against Sevilla, for the two teams to resort to extension, was subjected to “a sprain in the inner lateral ligament of his right knee,” according to what his club announced Thursday.
Osasuna threatened early with a wonderful missile shot from Kiki Barkha left from outside the area, which was deftly confronted by German goalkeeper Mark-Andre ter Stegen (14).
Alba opened the registration for the guests when he received a wonderful pass from Messi behind the defenders into the area on the left side.
Ter Stegen, who had a great merit in Barcelona reaching the Cup final, by stopping a penalty kick for Sevilla, about a quarter of an hour before the end of the match, brilliantly banished a dangerous ball from Robin Garca from close range (34).
Messi hit a creeping ball that passed by the left post after the defense sent it away to a corner (44).
And “Barghout” tried again with the start of the second half, with a powerful left-foot shot from outside the area towards the bottom left corner (48).
Argentine Jonathan Kairi almost equaled the result with a header that passed a centimeter away from the post (70).
The substitute youngster, Moriba (18 years), scored the second goal when the ball reached him from Messi on the outskirts of the region.