Barcelona failed to beat La Liga new boys Osasuna as Roberto Torres scored a late penalty to secure a 2-2 draw for the hosts.
It took just seven minutes for the Blaugrana defence to cave in, Torres volleying home at the far post. Cue ridicule on social media...
Lenglet can't defend a 1v1 even if his life depended on it.— Flacko (@tiempistaEN) August 31, 2019
Guess what.— Goal (@goal) August 31, 2019
Barcelona are behind to Osasuna. pic.twitter.com/HIGiccDOQx
Looks like Barça think they're back at Anfield— Andy West (@andywest01) August 31, 2019
Fortunately, some took a moment to praise what was a sumptuous finish from Osasuna's number ten...
UNREAL finish from Roberto Torres. but wow that defending. Lenglet out at LB, Semedo pushed too far in. where was Alba???— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) August 31, 2019
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL OSASUNA!— Mouhamad Rachini | محمد الرشعيني (@ThatArabKeeper) August 31, 2019
KABOOM! Roberto Torres blasts a free volley inside seven minutes, and Ter Stegen couldn't shrug it away. 1-0, Osasuna! #LaLigaSantander
The Barça faithful were unsurprisingly concerned by the poor start. A couple of them were even ready to welcome old flame Neymar back to Catalonia...
There's no denying that we need Neymar if we're planning to look any close to a strong team when Messi's out. This Barcelona team is below par— Gun | #ValverdeOUT (@dro__ne) August 31, 2019
Of course, not every Blaugrana fan is keen to reunite with the Brazilian...
As the break drew near and the champions continued to trail, some of their supporters began to turn on the players and coaching staff...
Well that was an awful 1st half of football from Barca. Valverde aka Spanish Allegri makes me sick to my stomach.— Messi World (@MessiWorId) August 31, 2019
This is Valverde ball btw, how is our team playing like this with midfield of De Jong and Busquets?? Wtf— Guardiosmo (@LadBlaugrana) August 31, 2019
With established squad members struggling to get Barcelona back into the contest in Pamplona, a chance presented itself for teenage starlet Ansu Fati to be the hero. Not everyone was excited to see him come on, though...
Why is Valverde throwing a 16 year old into the fire in a difficult away match, a goal down with the entire team in tactical disarray?— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) August 31, 2019
After being brought on at half-time, the young winger proved his doubters wrong as he got on the end of a Carles Perez cross to equalise...
ANSU FATI COMES OFF OF THE BENCH TO SAVE BARCELONA— totalBarça (@totalBarca) August 31, 2019
16 YEARS OLD
NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE
Ansu Fati is better than Dembele— Barca Addict❤️💙 (@toller_1) August 31, 2019
Argue with your keyboard🔵🔴🙌 pic.twitter.com/Uk6n4oc8aY
- Hasn't ever played for Barça B.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) August 31, 2019
- Made his debut last week.
- Scores the 1-1 equalizer in a away game after 5 minutes coming on in a game where Barcelona is playing horribly.
Ansu Fati is the name. pic.twitter.com/KdAg5JtRKH
All those angry voices became very quiet less than a quarter of an hour after Fati's first Barça goal, with fellow substitute Arthur completing the turnaround...
Arthur is a godsend.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) August 31, 2019
Arthur changed the entire match when he came on. Suddenly the midfield connected, and now he scores his first official goal for Barcelona.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) August 31, 2019
God, I missed Arthur.— Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) August 31, 2019
Aaaaaaaannndd then all those angry voices got louder once more.
Gerard Pique's blatant handball saw Osasuna awarded a penalty in the closing stages, that man Torres stepping up to level the scores...
Osasuna level. Torres from the penalty spot after Pique's handball. Barça pegged back to 2-2 with 10 to go.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 31, 2019
An Osasuna player went for an ambitious overhead kick to keep it in play and the ball hit Pique’s arm. Due to the new rules it’s a penalty no matter the intention.— Adam (@kokesque) August 31, 2019
Never give up on the play kids
Penalty for Osasuna. What was Pique thinking?— SURAJ 💫🎇🎆 (@OlayinkaSuraj) August 31, 2019
It definitely doesn't reflect well on head coach Ernesto Valverde, though his loyalists made a point of defending the 55-year-old...
Valverde might not get credit for it, but both the players he has brought in this second half (Ansu Fati & Arthur) have scored within minutes of being on the pitch. Impact.#OsasunaBarça— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) August 31, 2019
Pique was the one who caused the penalty but I know some people will come and blame Valverde for this one too— Prince⭐ (@Prin__cee) August 31, 2019
However, that didn't stop his critics coming out in force...
Ernesto Valverde illustrating how most Barcelona fans feel about Ernesto Valverde pic.twitter.com/Trt4YAGZg6— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) August 31, 2019
So, a very underwhelming performance from Barcelona to go along with their very underwhelming title defence. They will hope for better at home to Valencia in a fortnight.