Sunday , August 1 2021

Barcelona stumbles again in the humiliation of Cádiz



The defensive misfortune between Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Clement Lenglet cost Barcelona dearly as Cadiz dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat on Ronald Koeman’s side.

Martin Braithwaite retained his place in the Barca squad after a series of impressive appearances, but there were few signs of the attacking fluidity shown recently by Catalans when Cadiz shocked the lead early.

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A corner kick from the nearest post caused chaos in Barcelona’s penalty area as Oscar Mingueza was heading towards his own goal. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen did everything in his power to keep him, but Alvaro Gimenez ended up on the line.

Koeman made two substitutions at half-time with Ousmane Dembele and Pedri coming off the bench. The pair had the desired effect when Barcelona caught a catch after Jordi Alba’s cross was scored by Pedro Alcala.

The Catalans came shortly after, however, when Lenglet and Ter Stegen had a huge mistake, which allowed substitute Alvaro Negredo to charge the goalkeeper and hit the net a few seconds after entering the field.

The result means Cadiz have beaten Barcelona and Real Madrid twice in La Liga this season, with the promoted team moving ahead of the Catalans in the table.

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Barcelona entered the match after three wins in a row, so there was a perception that the Catalans had turned the corner in their season and the introduction of Braithwaite was identified as something that brought balance. But that was another demonstration of how far away from what Koeman’s team is right now. This will prove to be one of Barcelona’s most humiliating defeats in recent years. Even by this season’s standards, it’s a new low.

THE MAN OF THE MATCH – Alberto Perea (Cadiz)

The former Barcelona player B was the best player on the pitch. Indeed, Alberto Perea brought energy and enthusiasm to the Cadiz performance. There were many notable host performers including Negredo and Jeremias Ledesma, but it was Perea who caught the most attention, especially in the second half, when Cadiz had enough ambition to push for a second goal after Barcelona returned to 1-1.

PLAYER RATINGS

Cadiz: Ledesma 7, Iza 5, Fali 7, Mauro 4, Espino 6, Perea 8, Bodiger 6, Jonsson 5, Jairo 7, Fernandez 7, Alvaro 7. Reserve – Fernandez 6, Alcala 6, Negredo 7, Alejo 7, Adekanye 6.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen 3, Dest 7, Mingueza 4, Lenglet 4, Alba 5, Busquets 5, by Jong 5, Messi 5, Griezmann 4, Coutinho 4, Braithwaite 6. Reserve – Pjanic 5, Dembele 5, Pedri 6, Trincao 5.

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KEY MOMENTS

8 ‘GOAL! Cadiz 1-0 Barcelona: Cadiz took a shocking advantage in the first 10 minutes! The flick-on was won at the front post, Mingueza steered the ball towards his own goal and Ter Stegen was unable to keep it off the net! Disaster for Barcelona! What a moment for Cadiz!

57 ‘GOAL! Cadiz 1-1 Barcelona: The goal was getting closer! Pressure was building on the Cadiz target! Messi was crowded in the middle, spread the game to Alba and the left-back’s cross reflected backwards! Barcelona is lucky. Are equal!

64 ‘GOAL! Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: What happened there? A disaster behind Barcelona! Lenglet and Ter Stegen get into a great commotion and Negredo takes the advantage by charging at the goalkeeper and then ending up in an empty net. Cadiz is driving again!

KEY STATISTICS

Cadiz became the first team promoted to win against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the first half of the 20-team La Liga season.

Barcelona have been the beneficiary of three own goals in La Liga this season. Only Ansu Fati (four) and Lionel Messi (four) scored higher.

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