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FULL-TIME, Cádiz 2-1 Barcelona: Big win for Cádiz, bad loss for a Barça team that couldn’t be fluid enough to create real chances throughout the game.


90+3min: Messi’s free-kick is a rocket blocked by the Cádiz defense.

90+2min: Huge free-kick! Messi is fouled at the edge of the box and this might be Barça’s biggest chance yet.

89min: Ledesma again! Excellent save to stop a powerful shot from Griezmann.

86min: Close! Big counter attack by Cádiz and Adekanye is one-on-one with Ter Stegen but drags his shot wide.

85min: LEDESMA! Huge save by the Cádiz goalkeeper to stop a certain goal by Pjanic.

84min: Great pass by Pjanic to find Trincão who misses an easy cross, but Dembélé gathers the ball and finds Messi who fires an easy shot right at Ledesma.

81min: TER STEGEN! Big save by the German to stop Alejo.

77min: Two changes from Koeman: Francisco Trincão is on for Dest, and Miralem Pjanic replaces Busquets. Barça going on a full-on attack.

73min: Comfortable stop by Ledesma on a shot by Messi.

72min: CLOSE! Busquets with an amazing pass to find Dest, who fires just wide with his left foot. The American was likely offside, but it’s still a big miss.


GOAL, Cádiz 2-1 Barcelona (Negredo 63’): Cádiz retake the lead. Lenglet can’t handle a simple throw-in by Alba and Álvaro Negredo gets to the ball before Ter Stegen and scores on an open net.


GOAL!!! Cádiz 1-1 Barcelona (Alcalá OG 57’): BARÇA EQUALIZE! Messi finds Alba, who tries to cross it towards Griezmann but Alcalá deflects the ball against his own net!


50min: Messi fires from the edge of the box but it’s a comfortable grab for Ledesma.

46min: Two halftime changes by Ronald Koeman: Pedri comes on for Óscar Mingueza, and Ousmane Dembélé replaces Coutinho to add some speed and flair to the lineup. De Jong is now playing center-back.


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Cádiz 1-0 Barcelona: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s find the goals and make the comeback!


HALFTIME, Cádiz 1-0 Barcelona: Cádiz scored a strange goal in a set piece and spent the rest of the half with 11 men behind the ball, and the plan is working thanks to a Barça team lacking creativity.


45+3min: Griezmann with the cross, Coutinho wins the header and it’s an easy save for Ledesma.

45+2min: Messi with the cross, De Jong wins a header, and Alba fires the ball well wide.

42min: CLOSE! Messi takes a direct corner trying to catch Ledesma off guard but the Cádiz keeper is alert and sends it away for another corner.

40min: Messi seems to have a knock after a collision with Fali and is walking gingerly.

35min: CLOSE! Dest wins a header in the box and Alcalá makes a great clearance before Braithwaite gets a chance to shoot.

33min: Excellent piece of individual skill by Dest and a dangerous cross, but Fali makes a great clearance before the ball reaches Braithwaite.

25min: Ledesma! Good save by the Cádiz goalkeeper on a Messi free-kick.

16min: Lionel Messi plays Martin Braithwaite through and the striker forces a big save by Ledesma.

14min: Sergiño Dest with a powerful cross against the face of goal, Griezmann can’t connect and Philippe Coutinho fires it over the bar.

10min: The goal is given after a VAR check, even though Barça were asking for a foul on Mingueza.


GOAL, Cádiz 1-0 Barcelona (Giménez 9’): Cádiz take the lead. Corner from the left, Mingueza heads it against his own goal, Ter Stegen saves it and Álvaro Giménez taps it home.


4min: Frenkie De Jong’s long shot is blocked at the edge of the box and Ledesma grabs it with ease.

2min: CLOSE! Excellent lob pass from Sergio Busquets to find Antoine Griezmann, but Ledesma comes out of goal well and gets to the ball first.


KICKOFF! Cádiz 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! Come on, boys, let’s start strong!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho; Braithwaite (4-2-3-1)

Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Araujo, Firpo, Pjanic, Aleñá, Puig, Pedri, Trincão, Dembélé

CÁDIZ

Starting XI: Ledesma; Carcelén, Fali, Mauro, Espino; Perea, Jonsson, Bodiger, Izquierdo; Fernández, Gímenez (4-4-2)

Bench: Gil (GK), Akapo, Alcalá, Ander, Pombo, Alejo, Fernández, Lozano, Negredo, Mesa, Malbasic, Adekanye


WELCOME TO THE RAMÓN DE CARRANZA STADIUM!!! The cozy home of Cádiz is the site of a big La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one looking to win consecutive league games for the first time in two months, but it won’t be easy against a newly promoted team that made a strong start to the season and plays the type of defensive football that could cause Barça problems. This should be a good one, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 12

Date/Time: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Estádio Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain

Referee: César Soto Grado

VAR: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!