Barcelona held 1-1 by Cádiz; Messi record 506th league game


Cádiz snatched a late penalty to attract 1-1 at Camp Nou and deal Barcelona an surprising setback in its bid for the Spanish league title on Sunday.

Five days after being crushed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League, Ronald Koeman’s facet noticed two factors slip away when substitute Álex Fernández transformed an 88th-minute penalty conceded by Clement Lenglet.

Lionel Messi appeared to place Barcelona on its solution to a straightforward win in his membership record 506th league look in Spain. But after Messi scored from the penalty spot within the thirty second minute, Barcelona was unable to complete off many scoring possibilities.

The draw leaves Barcelona in third place at eight factors behind chief Atlético Madrid, which misplaced 2-0 to Levante on Saturday. Real Madrid was the largest beneficiary of the spherical, shifting three factors behind Atlético after profitable 1-0 at Valladolid additionally on Saturday. Madrid has performed yet another match than Atlético and Barcelona.

“These are two hard blows this week,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique stated after the slip to Cádiz on the heels of putting up with a hat trick by PSG star Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday within the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match.

“There is a solution to go within the league, however we didn’t rely on this. If we will get on an excellent run of play and get good outcomes, we will nonetheless have a shot. It goes to be troublesome,¨ Pique stated.

Cádiz, which got here up from the second division this season, upset Barcelona 2-1 in early December when Koeman’s facet was nonetheless discovering its means beneath the brand new coach. Since then, Barcelona has not misplaced within the league and arrived on the game on a seven-game profitable streak within the league.

Barcelona had 80% of possession and out-shot Cádiz 20-3. But a careless foul by Lenglet — when he kicked Rubén Sobrino within the leg whereas attempting to clear a ball on the sting of the realm — ruined a powerful efficiency that solely lacked a second purpose.

It was Cádiz’s first level earned at Camp Nou since 1978.


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