The Barcelona did not go beyond the tie against Cadiz in an afternoon of ‘altercations’ in the Camp Nou. Both teams signed 1-1 in which the two goals came from the penalty spot. Leo Messi did the so much for the culés and Alex Fernandez that of the people of Cadiz. Those of Ronald Koeman they miss the puncture of the Atlético de Madrid and can be overtaken by the Seville if the Hispanics achieve victory in their match.
The Barcelona arrived at the meeting after having suffered a severe setback in the Champions League in front of PSG … and with several days of rest. Despite the defeat by 1-4 Ronald Koeman kept the rest days until Friday, so the Barça players have only had two days to prepare for this match that could be worth them to cut points to a Atlético de Madrid that punctured in front of Levante when he fell into the Metropolitan by 0-2.
Ronald Koeman repeated the call for the clash before him PSG to be measured at Cadiz and also returned to take the same eleven to the grass. Thus, Ter Stegen he defended the sticks; Sergiño Dest, Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba they formed the defense; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Pedri González armed the core and as more advanced men appeared Leo Messi, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann.
The Barça gave no option to Cadiz from the first minute … to 88 ′. And it is that the group that leads Alvaro Cervera, who was on the bench wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day and with a great wind like a hangover rock star, he locked himself in his field, giving the leather to the Barcelona and never pressing on rival terrain. The only thing they hoped for was to be able to throw a counter with which to try to do damage, but they did not succeed until in the final minutes they threw the rest, all going up.
And is that the Barcelona finished the first half with more than 80% possession. Those of Ronald Koeman they haunted the goal of Ledesma throughout the match but the yellow wall prevented them from generating clear scoring chances. The azulgranas reached the front and had to play it to shoot or make crosses, which were always repelled by the Argentine goalkeeper of the Cadiz or blocked by the cadista behind. It was from the first quarter of an hour when the Catalans began to have more calm and clarity in the last meters.
Messi manifests himself for the League
Messi He had a very clear occasion when he stood alone before Ledesma. Fali appeared there to cover the shot. After this, a carousel of occasions, but all, those of Dembélé, Leo or Griezmann, they ended up in nothing. Pedri and the ’10’ made their people play and after half an hour Iza Carcelén He committed a clear penalty on the Canarian midfielder. The Rosario grabbed the ball and beat Ledesma with a subtle launch that was more of a pass to the net than a shot. Minutes before, the goalkeeper of Cadiz had flown to make a popcorn and put his hand to a toss of his own Messi.
He raised the goal to the scoreboard and Cadiz had his only chance of the first act. It was Salvi the one who finished off a lateral center with his hip from the small area. The ball went over the arch of Ter Stegen and those of Cervera they had to lock themselves up again because Barcelona had no choice. The Catalans had two goals annulled, one for offside by Frenkie de Jong and another for another illegal position, this time Griezmann, which had the fingernail forward, in which Pedri He was the one who ended up seeing goal. With the two goals invalidated, the clash came 1-0 at halftime.
To the second act the soccer players of the Cadiz with more daring and courage, but they had already wasted half. The visiting team stretched more but the best chances were still for a Barcelona who continued to control the game but continued to crash into the yellow defense. Dembélé He tried his luck from outside the area but his shot went wide. Later, Messi left a ball to Griezmann, but Ledesma He arrived earlier, sticking his fingertips to prevent the ex of the Atlético de Madrid managed to shoot.
Alex leads the rebellion
In ’64 the first changes of Ronald Koeman. Sergio Busquets and Antoine Griezmann they left their post to Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite. He touched the second goal on Barcelona with a great action of Dembélé, who broke his waist dribbling Marcos Mauro, but did not know how to finish when he stood before Ledesma. It was after Messi the one who forgave after fabricating an occasion between himself and Pedri. Magic pass from the former Las Palmas and Leo, who with opposition from a defender, failed to send it to the back of the net. With this wrong opportunity he entered the field Trincao to replace the canary.
With 15 minutes to go, without the canary class and with the Weasly brothers –Jonsson and Álex Fernández– in the medullary to Barcelona It started to cost a little more. The distant shots continued to be fired and one of those who tried his luck was Leo Messi, but, once again, the ball was lost near the goal. Koeman exhausted the changes by entering Riqui Puig and Mingueza for Dembélé and Dest. And it was the midfielder who could close the victory with a very close shot to the squad that licked the post.
The minutes passed and the Cadiz his last card was played. All up in search of the tying goal. The defense of Barcelona I cleared everything, until Lenglet what cleared was the foot of Sobrino and the referee did not doubt it at the time of whistle penalty. Alex Fernandez He was the one who took responsibility and beat on the right side of Ter Stegen to the German goalkeeper. 1-1 and five minutes of stoppage time, in which the Catalans were not able to get back in front, showing that this team continues in free fall as they are practically eliminated from the Champions and put uphill the Santander League.