Barcelona’s three-game winning streak in all competitions is over thanks to a 2-1 loss to Cádiz on Saturday night in Spain. Barça had all of the possession but very little creativity to break down an extremely resilient defense from Cádiz, who took their chances and walked away with three giant points to stay in the Top 6. As for Barça, their inconsistencies in the league continue.
Barça started the game dominating possession and trying to pass their way into the goal, but it became clear very early on that the Blaugrana weren’t quite sharp enough: many misplaced passes, good runs being ignored and very few shots set the tone for what was a struggle against a parked bus that looked very organized from Cádiz.
The home team got a goal early on, and it was a weird one as Óscar Mingueza headed the ball against his own net, and despite a great save by Marc-André ter Stegen the damage was done and Álvaro Giménez scored the easiest goal of his life to give Cádiz the lead.
With the advantage in the score the hosts REALLY parked the bus, and Barça simply could not find a way to break it down. The attacking players were trying to move around the final third and link up to find spaces, but there just was none and when something promising happened, a bad pass would kill the attack.
At halftime, Cádiz had the lead and Barça needed to improve the final ball to find a way to win this one.
Ronald Koeman made two attacking substitutions at halftime and Barça started the second half well, moving the ball better and taking more shots at goal, and they managed to equalize fairly quickly thanks to an own goal by Alcalá after a well created attacking move and looked set to continue going forward and find the winner.
Then Clément Lenglet made a bad mistake and was unable to control a simple throw-in by Jordi Alba, which gave substitute Álvaro Negredo a chance to score with his first touch after taking the ball away from Marc-André ter Stegen and scoring on an open net.
With just 30 minutes to go Barça had to start all over again in their attempts to win, and the creativity issues continued. Goalkeeper Ledesma made a few saves, but they were mostly comfortable, and best chance for Barça was a shot by Sergiño Dest that went just wide when the American was offside.
As we reached the final 10 minutes, Barça had just two defenders on the pitch and threw everything forward trying to equalize, and that’s when Ledesma really shined with two giant saves on shots by Miralem Pjanic and Antoine Griezmann. Barça kept trying to go forward but there was just no way to score, and the final whistle came to give Cádiz a huge win, their first of the season at home.
This is obviously a Barcelona blog, but well done to Cádiz. They fought like hell and took the two chances they had all game. This is how you beat a big team, and they did it.
Cádiz: Ledesma; Carcelén, Fali, Mauro (Alcalá 31’), Espino; Jonsson (Fernández 80’); Izquierdo (Alejo 80’), Bodiger, Álex, Perea (Adekanye 80’); Giménez (Negredo 62’)
Goals: Giménez (9’), Negredo (63’)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Trincão 77’), Mingueza (Pedri 46’), Lenglet, Alba; Busquets (Pjanic 77’), De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho (Dembélé 46’); Braithwaite
Goal: Alcalá (57’ OG)