Barcelona’s inconsistencies in the league continue as a three-game winning streak in all competitions is over on Saturday night in Spain as the final score ended with 2-1, Barca standing on the losing side. Barça had all of the possession but was unable to penetrate Cádiz’s defense.
Cádiz: Ledesma; Carcelén, Fali, Mauro (Alcalá 31’), Espino; Jonsson (Fernández 80’); Izquierdo (Alejo 80’), Bodiger, Álex, Perea (Adekanye 80’); Giménez (Negredo 62’)
Goals: Giménez (9’), Negredo (63’)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Trincão 77’), Mingueza (Pedri 46’), Lenglet, Alba; Busquets (Pjanic 77’), De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho (Dembélé 46’); Braithwaite
Goal: Alcalá (57’ OG)
Barça started the game and have dominated possession but it became clear very early on that the Blaugrana weren’t quite sharp enough. They had many misplaced passes, ignored good runs and very few shots set the tone for which they need to struggle against very organized defense from Cádiz.
The home team got a goal early on as Óscar Mingueza headed the ball against his net, despite a great save by Marc-André ter Stegen. Álvaro Giménez scored the easiest goal to help Cádiz get the lead.
With this advantage, Barça simply could not find a way to break it down defense and goal. The attacking players were trying to move and find spaces, but there just was none and when something promising happened, a bad pass would kill the attack. They lack the creativity to create a goal.
At halftime, the score was 1-0, Barca needed to improve and Cádiz had a lead.
The second half started well for Barca and Ronald Koeman made two attacking substitutions at halftime. Barca was moving the ball better this time and taking more shots at goal. This resulted to equalize with an own goal by Alcalá.
Clément Lenglet made a bad mistake as he was unable to control a simple throw-in by Jordi Alba. This gave substitute Álvaro Negredo a chance to score. He scored with his first touch after taking the ball away from Marc-André ter Stegen. He gets away to score on an open net.
Now, 30 minutes remaining, the score equalizes, and Barca still lacks creativity. Barca got the best chance to shot by Sergiño Dest that went just wide when the American was offside.
In the final 10 minutes, Barça threw everything forward trying to equalize, and just left two defenders on the pitch. This time Ledesma shined with two giant saves on shots by Miralem Pjanic and Antoine Griezmann. Barça kept on trying to go forward and score but there was just no way to score, and the final whistle came to give Cádiz a huge win. This was their first of the season at home.
Cádiz put a great performance and showed how to be at such a big team like Barcelona.