with videoFC Barcelona has not been able to wash away the hangover from the elimination in the Europa League with a good result in the competition. On their own field, the team of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay could not convince against Cadiz. Supersub Luuk de Jong was also unable to do anything about it in the final phase: 0-1.
It was a match between the numbers 2 and 18 of La Liga respectively, but based on the recent past FC Barcelona knew that Cadiz could become a banana peel in the battle for second place. Since 2006, the Catalan superpower has not been able to beat Cadiz, which most of that time did not act at the highest Spanish level.
The last three meetings also ended for Barcelona without the full loot: twice there was a draw and once the club from Andalusia won. It was Barça’s longest-running streak without a win against a club in the competition (along with Granada).
In the first half, Xavi’s team, which had basic places for Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay and Sergiño Dest, was unable to create much. There were early pinpricks from Ousmane Dembélé and Ferran Torres, but the biggest chance came halfway through the first act for the visitors. Dest hindered Lucas Pérez just enough to stop the striker from scoring. Moments later, Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma saved the day when Dembélé tried again with a solo: 0-0 at halftime.
This is how Cadiz scored the only goal:
Immediately after the break, the problems really arose for the home team, when Pérez gave the visitors the lead in Camp Nou. After two saves, Marc-André ter Stegen was beaten at the third bet. Also in the second half, Barcelona failed to become menacing for a long time, prompting Xavi to replace Memphis with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
When that intervention also had little effect for fifteen minutes, it was time for crowbar Luuk de Jong. He came on for compatriot Frenkie and was immediately dangerous with his first contact with the ball. De Jong ran into a corner, but saw how Ledesma turned his bet. It was the only feat of arms of the Dutch invader. Aubameyang had a bigger chance, but he ran into the Argentine keeper of Cadiz this evening – just like everyone in a Barcelona shirt.
‘Only’ 58,000 supporters witnessed the painful home defeat. Among other things, the fanatical supporters behind the goal on the north side were missing, as a protest against the ticket policy of the club and president Joan Laporta. They were angry that during the midweek Europa League elimination there were not the allowed 5,000, but about 30,000 fans of Eintracht Frankfurt in the stands.
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