La Liga 2020/21 BXH
Cadiz: Gimenez (8 ‘), Negredo (63’)
Barca: Alcala (57 ‘own goal)
On a trip to Cadiz, Barça launched its near-best strength, when conductor Messi returned to the main squad after match coach Ronald Koeman rested midweek in the Champions League group stage.
Messi’s presence doesn’t seem to help Barca play well, however. In the 8th minute, the visitors net shook after Álvaro Giménez hit Marc-André ter Stegen from close range.
Poured into cold water, Barça attacked vigorously, but the footsteps of Antoine Griezmann, Messi or Martin Braithwaite were either lacking accuracy, or were not difficult enough to beat goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma on the Cadiz side. That is why 1-0 in favor of the host is the score of the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, Barça remained the team that owned the game. In the 57th minute, the pressure of the Catalan giants was paid off with an equalizer. From Jordi Alba’s awkward crossroads on the left flank, Cadiz defender Alcala fumbled with his home net and brought the goal to Barça.
Less than 10 minutes later, a fatal error in the defense caused Barça to eat bitter fruit. From the return throw, goalkeeper Ter Stegen broke Alvaro Negredo’s right foot, allowing the veteran attacker to easily put the ball in the net to restore Cadiz’s lead.
For the rest of the time, Barça attacked with all their might, but couldn’t turn the situation around and then accepted the final 1-2 defeat to rookie Cadiz.
This embarrassing defeat left Barça only 7th in La Liga 2020/21 with 14 points, 12 points behind top team Atletico Madrid. The dream of winning La Liga this season is probably more and more beyond the reach of coach and coach Koeman.
Cadiz: Ledesma; Carcelen, Jimenez, Lopez (Alcala 31), Espino; Jonsson (Fernandez 80); Izquierdo (Alejo 81), Bodiger, Alex, Perea (Adekanye 80); Gimenez (Negredo 62)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Trincao 77), Mingueza (Pedri 46), Lenglet, Alba; Busquets (Pjanic 78), De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho (Dembele 46); Braithwaite
La Liga 2020/21 BXH
Results of round 12 matches
Levante 3-0 Getafe
Sevilla 0-1 Really
Atletico 2-0 Valladolid
Cadiz 2-1 Barca