Barcelona vs Girona: Girona shocks Barcelona 4-2 to climb top of the La Liga table

High-flying Girona reclaimed top spot in the La Liga after registering a 4-2 victory in the Barcelona vs Girona clash.

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Barcelona vs Girona: Girona shocks Barcelona 4-2 to climb top of the La Liga table

Cristhian Stuani provides an assist and scores the winner for Girona during the Barcelona vs Girona clash Image - Getty Images

Artem Dovbyk and Miguel Gutierrez both scored for Girona in the first half, either side of Robert Lewandowski's equaliser, before Girona's Valery Fernandez and Cristhian Stuani added two more goals later in the second half with Ilkay Gundogan netting a consolation goal for Barca. Girona goes top of the table, registering this historic victory in the Barcelona vs Girona clash.

Girona, are unbeaten away from home in La Liga this season, topping the standings with 41 points from 16 games, getting past Real Madrid on 39 points after Carlo Ancelotti's side played a 1-1 draw against Real Betis on Saturday.

Barcelona are fourth on 34 points, level with third-placed Atletico Madrid who have a game in hand.

"Girona have a lot of merit in what they are doing. They are in the lead, even more so today. They've got seven points more than us and that's well deserved," Xavi said.

"It was an even game. If Barca won, we would also say it's fair. I think we shot 31 times. Maybe the errors in defence have taken their toll on us," he added.

Miguel Gutierrez doubled the lead for Girona during the Barcelona vs Girona clash  Getty Images
Miguel Gutierrez doubled the lead for Girona during the Barcelona vs Girona clash Getty Images

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Barcelona had 31 attempts in the game, 11 of them on target, but none of them except Lewa and Gundo's goal troubled the Girona shotstopper. Dovbyk put Girona in front in the 12th minute with a shot for his eighth goal in his debut La Liga season.

Lewandowski equalised for the hosts seven minutes later, heading home following a corner. Gutierrez restored Girona's lead before halftime, after the defender broke into the box and scored with an individual effort, and Valery Fernandez made it 3-1 in the 80th minute with a low shot two minutes after coming off the bench.

Gundogan pulled another goal back for Barca before Girona's Stuani scored their fourth in stoppage time. It ensured Girona's victory, a historic victory over Barcelona. The home side did keep the ball for most of the game but Girona played like a champion side. They took their chances and looked dangerous whenever they were going for the counterattacks.

"This Girona side have a soul and believe they can hurt their opponents," coach Michel said. "We knew that (Barca) were going to press hard but if we were able to make the first two passes, we would stand a chance."

Barcelona will play against Royal Antwerp in the Champions League while Girona's next match is against 12th placed Alaves on Dec. 18.

Valery Fernández extended the lead for Girona during the Barcelona vs Girona clash   Getty Images
Valery Fernández extended the lead for Girona during the Barcelona vs Girona clash Getty Images

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