Sergio Ramos Own Goal Sends FC Barcelona To Top Of La Liga


Sergio Ramos, who had been Barcelona’s bane for so long, unintentionally helped it on Friday.

With an own goal against Sevilla, the former Real Madrid defender gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory and returned the Catalan team to the top of the Spanish league.

Inadvertently converting Lamine Yamal’s headed pass into Sevilla’s goal in the 76th minute was the seasoned center back.

This month, Ramos, 37, returned to Sevilla, the team where he was up, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. Ramos was booed by Barcelona supporters early in the match due of his previous association with Real Madrid, where he competed in 45 “clasico” matches against the Catalan club between 2005 and 21.

After a scoreless first half, Barcelona was forcing Sevilla into its penalty area when the breakthrough was made with some assistance from 16-year-old Lamal. When the ball hit Ramos and rebounded into the goal, Yamal was attempting to head a lobbed pass from substitute Ferran Torres to teammate Fermin López.

On Spanish news websites, a video clip from a 2016 match between Barcelona and Real Madrid during which Ramos was accompanied onto the field by Yamal when he was a little youngster was played during the game.

Yamal became both the youngest player to play for Spain and the youngest player to score in a European Championship qualifying match this month.

Barcelona regained first place in the league after the win. Before their match on Saturday, Barcelona has a one-point advantage over Girona and a two-point advantage over Madrid.

In the 16th minute, Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla forced a leaping save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The visitors had a chance to score in the 30th minute, but Lucas Ocampos’ effort was stopped by Gavi Páez.

The greatest opportunity for Barcelona in the first half came in the 20th minute when Joo Félix, who had been set up by Joo Cancelo, hit the post.

Raphinha, a Brazilian forward, was lost to Barcelona in the first half due to what appeared to be a leg injury. He was replaced by Fermin, who continued to impress after scoring his first goal against Mallorca in a 2-2 tie during the previous week.

The two clubs’ management argued before the game about the most recent revelations in the legal inquiry into Barcelona’s payment of millions of dollars to a former vice president of Spain’s officiating committee between 2001 and 2018.

The judge looking into the payments said on Thursday that there were signs that Barcelona may have tried to bribe the former official in charge of managing the referees. After state prosecutors announced their initial charges against the club and its former officials in March, it was the latest blow to Barcelona’s reputation.