Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the worst team in La Liga as Leganés came from behind to win 2-1 at the Estadio Butarque. The Blaugrana went ahead and looked ready to win, but after conceding two goals in two minutes they were horrible and deservedly lost their unbeaten record and quite possibly the first place in the table. It’s all bad.
Barça started the game with real purpose and intent, moving the ball with pace and precision trying to find spaces inside a tight Leganés defense who had 9 men behind the ball and just one striker trying to create something on the counter. It took only 12 minutes for Barça to break down the defense when Philippe Coutinho scored an absurd volley from the edge of the box, and it looked like the Blaugrana would score time after time here.
They didn’t, however, and not because they dropped their intensity. Lionel Messi hit the bar and had a good shot saved by the keeper right after the goal, and Barça continued to send bodies forward searching for a second. The problem was poor Munir El-Haddadi, who started in place of Luis Suárez and ruined multiple attacks with bad touches, poor decisions and way too many offsides.
Leganés saw that Barça were having trouble creating real chances, so they went forward and had some decent opportunities. Their best came when Óscar Rodríguez found himself in space on the left side and tried a nice curling effort into the top corner, but Ter Stegen made an easy save.
At halftime, Barça were the better team and should have scored at least one more goal. The objective for the second half? Earning a more comfortable lead to have an easy period and win the game.
There two goals in just two minutes at the start of the second half, but they didn’t happen for Barcelona. Thanks to two defensive mistakes, the Blaugrana conceded to El Zhar and Óscar Rodríguez, and Leganés somehow had the lead. Barça had around 40 minutes to find two goals, and they needed to wake up fast.
It took them until the final 10 minutes to finally put together any meaningful attacks, and then goalkeeper Cuéllar made two world-class saves to stop Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic, and Barça entered into desperation mode in the final moments. Leganés were doing everything they could to keep their advantage, and they were successful as Barça couldn’t put three passes together and saw the final whistle come without showing any creativity or intent to get a goal.
This is an embarrassing result, and the second half was truly terrible. We lost to the worst team in the league, and we deserved to lose to the worst team in the league.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Vermaelen (Alba); Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Munir (Suárez), Dembélé (Malcom)
Goal: Coutinho (12’)
Leganés: Cuéllar; Juanfran, Tarín, Bustinza, Raúl, Silva; El Zhar (Nyom), Vesga (Sabin), Pérez, Óscar (Gumbau); En-Nesyri
Goals: El Zhar (52’), Óscar (53’)