Barcelona have once against dropped points in La Liga and are seven points off the top of the table thanks to an awful 0-0 draw away to Cádiz on Thursday night. The Blaugrana played boring, unimaginative football for 65 minutes then had to survive the final 25 with 10 men after Frenkie De Jong was sent off, and the game was nearly unwatchable.
The first five minutes of the second half had more action than all of the first, with each goalkeeper making a big save. Marc-André ter Stegen was the first as he made a brilliant stop on a shot by Negredo, and Ledesma did a pretty good job himself to save a powerful shot from Memphis Depay.
After those two moments, however, the game went back to its slow, uncreative pattern and there was no good football being played by neither team. And then Frenkie De Jong was sent off after two questionable yellow cards in a space of three minutes, and Barça had to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men.
Cádiz took advantage of the extra man and finally put together some nice attacks, and they had one golden chance when Riqui Puig lost the ball with his first touch as a substitute and Sánchez found himself one-on-one with Ter Stegen, but the German stuck his right foot out and made another big save.
The game seemed to be crawling towards a boring finish, but Barça were given a golden opportunity in the fourth minute of added time when Gerard Piqué carried the ball 50 yards on a one-man counter-attack and set up Memphis for a great chance, but Depay somehow missed the target.
Ronald Koeman was somehow sent off before the game ended, and the final whistle came to end one of the worst displays of Barcelona football we have ever seen. Since Monday, that is.
It’s all very bad right now.
Cádiz: Ledesma; Carcelén (Akapo 79’), Haroyan, Chust, Espino; Jiménez (Sánchez 46’), Fali (Jonsson 40’), Alarcón, Arzamendia (Perea 57’); Sobrino, Negredo (Lozano 57’)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Araujo, Dest (Puig 80’); De Jong, Busquets, Gavi (Nico 73’); Demir (Roberto 46’), L. De Jong (Coutinho 68’), Memphis
Red Cards: De Jong (65’), Ronald Koeman (90+6’)