Cadiz grabbed a late penalty to draw 1-1 at the Camp Nou and inflict an unexpected defeat on Barcelona in their bid for the Spanish league title on Sunday.
Five days after being defeated 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Ronald Coeman’s team saw two points slip when substitute Alex Fernandez scored a penalty in the 88th minute by Clement Langlet.
Lionel Messi seems to have put Barcelona on the path to an easy victory in his record participation in the club at the 506th championship in Spain. But after Messi scored from a penalty in the 32nd minute, Barcelona failed to finish many goal chances.
The draw leaves Barcelona in third place with eight points behind leader Atletico Madrid, who lost 2-0 to Levante on Saturday. Real Madrid was the biggest beneficiary of the round, moving three points behind Atletico after winning 1-0 in Valladolid also on Saturday. Madrid has played another match against Atletico and Barcelona.
“These are two strong blows this week,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said after Cadiz slipped after enduring a hat-trick by PSG star Kaylian Mbape on Tuesday in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 match.
“There is a way to get into the league, but we did not rely on it. If we manage to do well and achieve good results, we can try again. It will be difficult, Pique said.
Cadiz, who came out of the second division this season, upset Barcelona 2-1 in early December, when Coman’s team was still finding its way to the new coach. Since then, Barcelona has not lost in the league and arrived at the match in a series of victories in seven league matches.
Barcelona had 80% possession and beat Cadiz 20-3. But Langlet’s awkward foul – when he kicked Ruben Sobrino in the leg while trying to clear the ball at the edge of the zone – ruined a strong performance that lacked only a second goal.
“I am very, very disappointed, even more than on Tuesday,” Koeman said. “We were in a good series in the league and we had a game at home with the chance to reduce the lead of those who were ahead of us. This is a game that this team with its talent must win. “
Pedry Gonzalez set the door for Messi when he was fouled by Isaac Carselen. Messi kicked the left side of the net after goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma had already revealed his intentions.
Cadiz Fali’s center-back followed Messi throughout the match and did well to limit his impact. A timely touchdown at the start of the game deflected Messi’s shot after Sergio Busquets played it clearly. Ledesma also did well to reduce and pass a pass to Messi, who was destined for Antoine Griezmann to insist on a second goal.
Then fell Fernandez, the brother of Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, to grab Cadiz’s first point at the Camp Nou since 1978.
“Everything was for Cadiz today, but if I can help my brother, then it’s even better,” Fernandez said.
Xavi Hernandez had scored 505 league appearances for Barcelona.
ISAK HAT TRICK
Alexander Isaac scored three goals to bring Real Sociedad to 4-0 at Alaves and bounced back from his 4-0 loss to Manchester United in the Europa League.
David Silva assisted on Isaac’s second goal and again Porto finished the victory with a fourth goal.
Isaac leads Sociedad with 12 goals in the league this season. It was his second hat trick in his career.
Later Sunday, Villarreal visit Athletic Bilbao while Granada is in Huesca.