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Newly promoted Cádiz scored a historic 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday night, leading the Catalans to their worst start to the La Liga campaign in more than 30 years.
Having defeated Real Madrid this season, Cádiz added Barcelona to its growing list of notable scalps. The hosts took an early lead, with Álvaro Giménez converting from close range after Barcelona broke down with a simple touch at the near post from a corner in the eighth minute.
Ronald Koeman watched his team dominate possession, but, with Cádiz determined in their well-trained 4-5-1 formation, Barcelona struggled to create many starts in the first 45 minutes.
After a double change at halftime, Barcelona started to create some chances, but their draw came via an own goal, the third of the season so far. Approaching the hour, Lionel Messi found a rare hole on the edge of the Cádiz area, struck a pass for Jordi Alba, who had his center diverted to the net by the involuntary Pedro Alcalá.
However, just when Barcelona seemed to have returned to the game, second-half substitute Álvaro Negredo took advantage of a sequence of antics from the defense of Clement Lenglet and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put Cádiz in front in the minute 63.
As Barcelona flooded more and more bodies forward, they created opportunities, especially through Sergino Dest and Miralem Pjanic, but left incredibly exposed on the counter. In a match in which there could have been more goals for both sides, Barcelona were already deservedly consigned to their fourth defeat of the season.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (POR) – 5/10 – While he wasn’t the main culprit for the disastrous second goal, the German keeper wasn’t exactly covered in glory.
Sergino Dest (RB) – 6/10 – One of the most menacing Barcelona players up front, but he often left to beat two men with Messi adrift on the pitch.
Oscar Mingueza (CB) – 3/10 – A night to forget for the young man. Mingueza, who caused the commotion that led to the first game in Cádiz, was evicted at half-time.
Clemente Lenglet (CB) – 4/10 – He had the unenviable task as the sole defender of Barcelona during large sections of the second half, but unfortunately he was to blame for Negredo’s goal.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 5/10 – Much of the zip and speed that defines Alba’s normal game was missing on Saturday, and it has been increasingly difficult to find for some time.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 6/10 – A regular scapegoat for Barcelona’s defeats of late, Busquets was one of his team’s most incisive passers-by, creating two chances. However, he was often surprised, along with the rest of the team, by Cádiz’s counterattacks.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 5/10 – He struggled to influence proceedings before being diverted to defense during the second half.
Antoine Griezmann (AM) – 5/10 – He wasn’t bad when he got into the ball, but he missed large parts of the game without getting involved.
Lionel Messi (RW) – 5/10 – Responsible for nearly half of Barcelona’s efforts at goal, Messi sank lower and lower as the game progressed, giving himself too much to do even.
Martin Braithwaite (ST) – 4/10 – He collected only one shot in the entire game and posed little threat.
Philippe Coutinho (LW) – 3/10 – It never seems natural to get pigeonholed wide and was largely anonymous before getting hooked on the interval.
Ousmane Dembele (LW) – 4/10
Pedri (CM) – 5/10
Francisco Trincao (RW) – 6/10
Miralem Pjanic (CM) – 5/10