Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Ronald Koeman’s side suffer shock defeat as Alvaro Negredo scores winner for Cadiz
- Barcelona suffered a shock defeat as Ronald Koeman’s side were beaten 2-1 away by Cadiz on Saturday
- Alvaro Gimenez had given Cadiz a shock lead before an own goal from Alcala provided Barcelona with hope
- However, Alvaro Negredo then scored to inflict a defeat on Barcelona, who are in seventh place in LaLiga
Who knows how Barcelona’s end of season DVD will look; the bloopers outtakes section is certainly getting longer by the week.
Former Birmingham City striker Alvaro Gimenez, and one-time Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo got the goals but Barcelona were their own worst enemy as they fell to a fourth defeat of the season.
That’s four more defeats than leaders Atletico Madrid who are now 12 points ahead of them at the top of the table.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi shows his frustration during his side’s shock 2-1 defeat away to Cadiz in LaLiga on Saturday
Ronald Koeman’s side endured a hugely frustrating night and are in seventh place in the LaLiga table, with Cadiz in fifth
Alvaro Negredo is congratulated by his jubilant Cadiz team-mates after he scored what proved to be the game’s decisive goal
After Gerard Pique and Neto combined to gift Alaves a goal at the end of October, and Pique and Marc Andre ter Stegen presented Atletico Madrid with a goal last month, they added another gaffe – two in fact, in the same game as they went crashing to defeat away at Cadiz.
First came Oscar Mingueza’s header back towards his own goal from a corner that helped Cadiz take the lead through Gimenez but there was much worse to come.
First came Jordi Alba’s throw to Clement Lenglet that immediately put him under pressure. Then came Clement’s comical attempt to control it, misjudging the bounce seeing it sail over his knee and towards Marc Andre ter Stegen now being charged down by Negredo.
Negredo wheels away in celebration following his strike, which took place in the 63rd minute of the LaLiga encounter
Alvaro Gimenez had managed to give Cadiz the lead with just eight minutes gone, which left Barcelona stunned
Gimenez celebrates with his Cadiz team-mates after his goal put Cadiz in the ascendancy against high-profile opponents
Cadiz: Ledesma; Carcelen, Jimenez, Lopez (Alcala 31), Espino; Jonsson (Fernandez 80); Izquierdo (Alejo 81), Bodiger, Alex, Perea (Adekanye 80); Gimenez (Negredo 62)
Goals: Gimenez 8, Negredo 63
Subs: Lozano, Malbasic, Nano, Akapo, Garrido, Gil, Pombo
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Trincao 77), Mingueza (Pedri 46), Lenglet, Alba; Busquets (Pjanic 78), De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho (Dembele 46); Braithwaite
Goal: Alcala 57 (o.g.)
Subs: Neto, Firpo, Puig, Pena, Alena, Araujo
The former Madrid striker had only just come on and he got there first to score despite Frenkie de Jong sliding in with an attempted block. That was 2-1 and there was no way back.
Sergio Busquets admitted after the game: ‘It’s a lot of defeats so it’s worrying. It’s true that there is a long way to go but we keep slipping up.
‘We reacted to the first goal and we had the ball and the chances but when it appeared we might get the next goal we conceded again through another mistake.’
Negredo wore a big smile on the final whistle. His old club Real Madrid can’t celebrate this one too much because they were beaten by Cadiz earlier in the season too.
It’s an incredible double for the newly promoted side who are now above Barcelona in the table.
Coming back into games is proving difficult for Barcelona and they are having to do it too often.
It was their 20-year-old right-back Sergino Dest who had given an unnecessary corner away five minutes in and it was 21-year-old centre-back Mingueza who appeared to slip head goalwards instead of away.
Barça’s young defenders have served them well since injuries to Pique and Sergio Roberto but this was an important lapse from Mingueza.
The equaliser came on 57 minutes when Lionel Messi wriggled clear on the edge of the area and sent Alba through. His cross deflected off Pedro Alcala and past Jeremias Ledesma.
Far from taking the wind out of Cadiz’ sails it spurred them to retake the lead. The painful comedy of errors from Barcelona meant they did not have to work too hard for it.
The lively Dest shot wide from Busquets’ pass after the second goal. Koeman brought on Francisco Trincao but there was no second comeback. He had already rung the changes at half time with Ousmane Dembele and Pedri on for the unfortunate Mingueza and the ineffective Coutinho. They could find no way past the Cadiz yellow wall and were often under threat from Cadiz counter-attacks led by the inspired Alberto Perea.
Barcelona equalised in the 57th minute courtesy of an own goal from Alcala but they still ended up losing the game
In the end Cadiz were deserved winners – Messi’s late free-kick was charged down leading to wild celebrations; Barcelona knew their last chance had gone.
They still have a 100 percent record in Europe. In La Liga it’s a very different story – and as things stand in the table they will not be in Europe next season unless things change.
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