FULL-TIME, Barcelona 2-0 Cádiz: Barça had to be very patient and keep playing their football, but the goals finally came and the first win of the season is on the board. Several encouraging signs in the performance, and much-needed positivity after a tough week. Well done, boys!
90’+4 GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-0 Cádiz (Ferran): IT’S TWO!!! Barça seal the victory as Lewandowski wins a header in midfield and the ball falls perfectly to Ferran Torres, who takes his time and picks the bottom corner to guarantee the three points!
89’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Barça double the lead through Ansu Fati, but the goal is called off for an offside on Robert Lewandowski in the buildup.
82’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Cádiz (Pedri): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! The Blaugrana are finally off the mark for the season as Ilkay Gündogan plays a marvelous through ball and Pedri fires home the opener!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Cádiz: Back underway at Montjuïc! Can Barça find a breakthrough?
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Cádiz: Barça dominated possession and created a couple of dangerous chances, but they mostly struggled with the final pass to truly unlock the Cádiz defense and are yet to score in La Liga after the first 135 minutes of their season.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Cádiz: And we’re underway at Montjuïc!
WELCOME TO THE MONTJUÏC OLYMPIC STADIUM! The new temporary home of the world’s greatest club in the Catalan capital is the site of the opening match of Barcelona’s La Liga home campaign as the defending champions welcome Cádiz. Barça come into this one looking for their first win after the frustrating goalless draw against Getafe last week, but Cádiz promise to be very difficult to break down and will look for a big upset against the mighty Barça. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Christensen, De Jong, Balde; Pedri, Romeu, Gündogan; Yamal, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Astralaga (GK), Kochen (GK), Eric, Roberto, Casadó, Fermín, Abde, Fati, Ferran
Starting XI: Ledesma; Carcelén, Hernández, Fali, Hernández; Alejo, Alcaraz, Emeterio, Fernández; Ramos, Martí (4-4-2)
Substitutes: Gil (GK), Zaldua, Mbaye, Pires, Mari, Sobrino, De La Rosa, Bastida, Negredo, Osmajic, Machís
Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 2
Date/Time: Sunday, August 20, 2023, 7.30pm CET (Barcelona), 6.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 1.30pm ET, 10.30am PT (USA), 11pm IST (India)
Venue: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz
VAR: Juan Luis Pulido Santana
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Not Available (Canada), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), M+ LALIGA TV (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, watch the 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!