Better Without Messi: Barcelona Lose 2-1 To Cadiz To Record Their Fourth Defeat In La Liga

Cadiz has done it! They’ve succeeded in beating an inform Barcelona 2-1 at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza. The win puts Cadiz fifth in the table and with a shot of finishing in one of the European places.

The defeat will certainly be hard for Ronald Koeman to take knowing that his team were getting back to basic and winning games comfortably without their talismanic captain. Barcelona had won 3 consecutive games on spin while scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

Koeman was finally get Barcelona back to basic until today’s freak results. Cadiz didn’t just beat Barcelona with ease, they scored all three goals while Barcelona’s strikers all struggled to beat the brilliant Ledesma who kept pulling out world class saves to deny them all.

As Barcelona struggled in front of goal, Cadiz took their chances brilliantly.

Alvaro Gimenez scored the first goal of the game thanks to Oscar Minqueza’s error which allowed him to score Cardiz first.

Minutes later, Alcala scored an own goal to get Barcelona back into the game. But rather than Barcelona taking the initiative to score more goals and kill off the game, they allowed Cadiz take the lead after just six minutes of play.

Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo netted in the 63rd minute after a dreadful mix-up between Alba, Lenglet and Ter Stegan whose attempted clearance smacked Negredo and rebound into the net.

Defeat was glaring and Lionel Messi was expected to reproduce one of his magic runs and goal. But, the 22-year-old just couldn’t do it. His lack of intrusion or quick change of pace ensured the opposition nullified his threat and recorded a brilliant win.

Cadiz is now the first La Liga team to have surived in beating both Real Madrid and Barcelona.. Long may that continue.

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