Barcelona ended the cruel streak of scoring free kicks that had continued since the transfer of Lionel Messi.
Barcelona won 5-0 against Real Betis in the 5th round of the 2023/24 La Liga season held at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain on the 17th.
In this day’s game, Barcelona widened the gap in the 25th minute of the first half when Felix received a cross and beat the opposing goalkeeper to score, and then in the 32nd minute of the first half, Lewandowski received the ball dropped by Felix and finished accurately, widening the gap. After entering the second half, Barcelona defeated Betis by a whopping 5 goals in the 17th minute of the second half with Ferran Torres scoring a free kick, Rafinha scoring a mid-range shot, and Cancelo scoring his debut goal.
While new players such as Felix and Cancelo scored debut goals for Barcelona in this game, one of the goals that received the most attention was Torres’ free kick score. In particular, the goal was one that could chan
British media ‘Tribuna’ reported on the 17th, “When was the last time Barcelona scored a free kick before Torres’ goal?”
Tribuna said, “Barcelona has not scored a free kick since Messi scored with a direct free kick in May 2021. This was a whopping 867 days.”
Messi, one of Barcelona’s iconic players, always attracted attention with his powerful free kick skills during his time at Barcelona. When Messi received a free kick near the opponent’s penalty box, he showed off his outstanding free kick skills to the point that the opposing players were immediately shocked. Messi has scored a total of 65 goals from free kicks in his career, which ranks 5th all time behind Ronaldinho, Victor Legrottagli (66 goals), Pele (70 goals), and Juninho Pernambucano (77 goals).
Barcelona has not scored from a free kick for two years and four months since Messi scored from a free kick against Valencia in May 2021.
ge the flow of Barcelona’s free kicks, which had not been threatening since Messi’s transfer.
The media said: “Today is a special day. The curse has been broken and the amazing thing is that it was Ferran Torres who did it. Barcelona’s most gifted player of late, he attempted a low shot from about 23 meters away. Barcelona’s new starting free kick kicker “We have a dedicated player,” he said, praising Torres, who succeeded Messi in scoring a free kick.
Torres left Manchester City and moved to Barcelona during the 2021/22 season. Torres received a lot of attention when he replaced the daughter of coach Luis Enrique, who led the Spanish national team during the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but he also received stronger criticism when he joined the Spanish national team due to his disappointing skills. 온라인바카라
Torres showed disappointing performance at Barcelona until this season, raising the possibility that Barcelona, which recruited him, may also transfer Torres. However, Torres has proven his worth with his performance since the season opened.
Torres, who appeared as a substitute in all of the first three league games and scored two goals, was named as a starter in this game against Betis. In his first start of the season, he lived up to coach Xavi’s expectations by scoring with a sharp free kick.
Interest is expected to be focused on whether Barcelona, which has shown a disappointing performance in free kicks since Messi, will be able to keep opponents on their toes at set pieces this season with a new free kick specialist named Torres.