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Magical night in Monjuïc

Girona win with plenty of character at Barça and lead the Primera Division alone after yet another historic night

Historic victory for Girona at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys! Míchel Sánchez's men dominated Barça and were superior in many moments of the match, being faithful to their style. Three points that are worth even more for the way they have been obtained, and that put us back at the top of the Primera Division, two ahead of Real Madrid and up to seven ahead of Xavi Hernández's men. With the courage to compete on equal terms in a highly demanding match and on such a complicated stage that only Real Madrid had been able to score this season.

Míchel's men took an early lead. The Ukrainian connection worked to perfection to get behind the blaugranas in a quick transition, and Dovbik finished off an exquisite cross from Tsygankov at the far post. The home side reacted to the 1-0 lead and had their most dangerous minutes of the game. Lewandowski levelled the score soon after from a corner, but the team resisted through their collective effort and as the minutes went by, they grew in stature until the end of the first half, settled in their opponents' half.

Miguel had the best chances, popping up from the back and making himself undetectable for the defence. The Madrilenian first tested Iñaki Peña with a cross-shot that the goalkeeper tipped away, and shortly afterwards he crossed the ball alone inside the area, but the ball went just wide of the post. The third time was the charm, and he unleashed a real shot from the edge of the area, which went straight into the net.

The Girona side were solid as a unit when it came to the pressure to prevent Barça's attacks from coming to fruition, with Gazzaniga sure to block some of the home side's attempts from outside the area on the restart. Míchel's men had no hesitation in getting the ball out from the back and pressing high up the pitch, and they managed to create plenty of chances despite the size of the opposition in front of them. With the scoreboard in their favour and the game open, they were also able to manage the advantage with long possessions that gave pause to a frenetic match.

Míchel's changes had an effect and, with ten minutes to go, Valery collected a ball combed in by Stuani, beat his opponent and finished with quality against Iñaki Peña by adjusting it to the post. From this point on, the final minutes were crazy with Barça desperately looking to get back into the game and Girona taking advantage of the space at the back. Gündogan managed to close the gap in stoppage time and multiplied the tension, but in the last play of the game, who else but Christian Stuani appeared to seal a historic win over Barça.

We continue to dream of a team that shows it has no ceiling and wants to continue making history. Today, a new feat to remember that puts us first with 41 points after fifteen games, and against the reigning league champions.