Facundo Pellistri comes off the bench as Alaves draw away to Barcelona
Manchester United loanee Facundo Pellistri came off the bench to help Alaves hold out for a 1-1 draw away to troubled Barcelona.
The 19-year-old came on at the Nou Camp with 30 minutes remaining when the manager less Catalonians were chasing all three points.
Former Manchester United player Memphis Depay had given the hosts the lead early in the second half with a stunning curling effort into the top corner.
But only three minutes later, Alaves were level after Luis Rioja rounded Marc-Andre ter Stegen and smashed the ball home.
Following the midweek loss against Rayo Vallecano, which saw Ronald Koeman relieved of his duties, Sergi Barjuan couldn’t win his first game as interim boss, and Barcelona stayed ninth in the table and are now eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid.
Pellistri building momentum in Spain
The Uruguayan headed into the clash against the reigning Copa del Rey champions off the back of three consecutive La Liga starts.
But after already coming off the bench to feature against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this season, Pellistri was given yet more action against another Spanish giant.
Alaves backed up their 1-0 win against Diego Simeone’s side in September with another impressive and resolute performance against one of Spain’s Champions League teams.
Javi Calleja’s side are currently embarking on their best run of the campaign so far – three La Liga games unbeaten.
They currently find themselves 16th in La Liga, two points outside the relegation places.
In the final third of the game against Barcelona, Pellistri had 10 touches and completed all five of his attempted passes (WhoScored).
He was also fouled once, but did commit a foul of his own too. The talented United youngster also blocked a shot to ensure his loan side held on for a priceless draw.
Pellistri will be hoping to reclaim his place in Calleja’s starting line-up when Deportivo Alaves welcome Levante to the Mendizorrotza Stadium on Saturday.
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