Sunday , March 26 2023

Primera División: Newcomers Cadiz also beat FC Barcelona


FC Cadiz managed another big surprise for Primera División: After the promoted team had already beaten Real Madrid in October, Cadiz now also won the home game against FC Barcelona 2-1 (1-0). It was Blaugran’s first defeat against Cadiz since May 1991 – Ronald Coeman, today’s FK Barcelona coach, was still on the field when his team reached 4: 0 at the time.

After eight minutes, Cádiss made a spectacular save. Óscars Mingueza was the unlucky victim and couldn’t continue the game, so FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique had to come off the bench. Goalkeeper Mark-Andre ter Stegens initially rescued from the line with a reflex. Cadiz’s Álvaro Giménez tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn’t get past the visitors’ defenders.

The stranger then withdrew deeply to his side. FC Barcelona claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them – possession being 80 percent. So it fit in the picture that the home defender achieved an equalization: Cadiz’s central defender Pedro Alkala relentlessly falsified Jordi Alba’s low center in the short corner (57).

The last point, however, belonged to Cadiz: 35-year-old former national team player Álvaro Negredo, who has been on the promotion team this summer, scored just one minute after nominating as Cadiz’s new manager (63). Clement Lenglet had previously been able to control the throw-in in his six-yard box, so goalkeeper ter Steven had to fight Negredo. The attacker prevailed and pushed from a close distance.

Lionel Messi (84th), Miralem Pianic (86th) and Antoine Grizmann (89th) missed the best opportunities to return Barcelona to the game. It deserved only to a limited extent: Cadiz not only held up well in defense, but also had a good counterattack. Cadiz is now fifth in the table, ahead of FC Barcelona by two positions and four points. However, the Catalans have played two games less.

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