Cadiz pulled off one of the season’s biggest upsets, defeating FC Barcelona 1-0 at the Camp Nou. The three points will provide a significant boost to Cadiz’s fight to avoid relegation to the second division, while complicating Barcelona’s bid to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Cadiz scored the winning goal three minutes after halftime when ex-Arsenal forward Lucas Perez bundled home a rebound near the goal line after Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen stopped back-to-back attempts on the Barcelona goal.
Barcelona, which had a scoreless first half, piled on the pressure for the remainder of the second half, but Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma came up big on every occasion. Barcelona substituted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore, and Luuk de Jong, but Cadiz held firm.
And it was Cadiz who created the best chances in the second half to extend their lead. On three separate occasions, Cadiz were denied by a missed shot by a wide-open Alex Fernandez, a tip save by Barcelona’s Ter Stegen, and the right post of Barcelona. Cadiz also had the best opportunity in the first half, but Perez was unable to convert.
Barcelona is now one of five teams that are within five points of each other in the race for the remaining three Champions League spots. Real Madrid, who currently lead La Liga by 15 points with only six matches remaining in the season, will claim the other one. Real Madrid has also moved closer to clinching the 2021-22 title, with a 15-point lead and only six matches remaining (Barcelona also have a game in hand).
At the bottom of the table, Cadiz leapfrogged Mallorca and Granada to claim the third and final relegation spot. They are now two points clear of the relegation zone, with a home match against Athletic Club scheduled for Thursday.
Barcelona’s La Liga defeat comes just four days after a humiliating Europa League elimination at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt. The Germans won 3-2, but they were accompanied by an estimated 30,000 supporters who invaded the Camp Nou. Barcelona changed its ticket policy for European competitions following the surprising takeover of its home field by away fans.
Barcelona’s upcoming La Liga schedule includes a trip to Real Sociedad on Thursday (April 21), as well as two home matches against relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano (April 24) and Mallorca (April 25). (May 1).
Seven minutes of stoppage time in the 90th minute
89th minute: This game came to a wild conclusion. After a seemingly innocuous Ivan Alejo cross came dangerously close to surprising Ter Stegen by deflecting off the base of the right post, Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma comes up big again on an Aubameyang point-blank volley attempt.
86th minute: The referee runs to the sidelines with a bottle of water. It was hurled from the bleachers. The fans are becoming increasingly restless.
85th minute: Another Ledesma stop! He stops an Eric Garcia shot moments after stopping a Luuk de Jong header from a corner. If the score remains the same, Ledesma will be named man of the match.
SUB — Santiago Arzamendia replaces Raul Sobrino in the 82nd minute.
Cadiz has another chance in the 79th minute! This time, Raul Sobrino connects with his shot on goal, resulting in a corner kick. Again, Ivan Alejo was responsible for the run down the right flank and the cutback cross.
77th minute: SUBSTITUTIONS — Barcelona’s next two moves are as follows:
Frenkie De Jong -> Luuk de Jong
Clement Lenglet -> Adama Traoré
Cadiz nearly scores a second in transition in the 76th minute! What a blunder by Alex Fernandez, who is completely exposed in the box. However, he dispatches Ivan Alejo’s service to the far right! He needed to get that shot on target as quickly as possible.
Sergino Dest receives a YELLOW card in the 69th minute. Fali Gimenez of Cadiz draws the foul and the caution for the American right back.
68th minute: Jeremias Ledesma of Cadiz makes two excellent saves, including one on a blistering shot from Dembele. So far today, the Argentine has been solid.
SUBS — It’s Cadiz’s turn to make changes in the 64th minute. Ivan Alejo makes his debut (in place of Salvi Sanchez), and Fede San Emeterio also makes his debut (for Jose Mari in midfield).
SUB — Barcelona replaces Memphis Depay at the centre forward position with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 62nd minute.
61st minute: YELLOW for Luis Hernandez of Cadiz. He goes in for a sliding tackle and wins the ball, but on the follow through, he leaves his studs exposed. A yellow is issued for this irresponsibility.
58th minute: The crowd is enraged at the prospect of any Cadiz challenge. Ferran Torres is left on the ground after his head collides with the turf by one of them. Barcelona is preparing a replacement.
Cadiz scores in the 48th minute! Following a Jordi Alba giveaway, Raul Sobrino heads a beautiful cross into the Barcelona box on goal, but Ter Stegen saves his shots twice. However, Lucas Perez was on hand to punch the ball in. Astonishing lead from the club that is currently third from the bottom.
46th minute: The second half has begun, and Barcelona’s movements have already gained a bit more zip and urgency. Neither team has substitutes.
Barcelona 0, Cadiz 0 at the half
Halftime: This match is unfolding exactly as many expected. Barcelona is bringing it to Cadiz, but there are numerous touches outside the Cadiz defence, and the home team is having difficulty breaking through. Ousmane Dembele’s inspired performances have provided the club’s best moments. Cadiz created the match’s best chance in transition, but ex-Arsenal striker Lucas Perez was unable to convert with only the goalkeeper to beat. Barcelona will undoubtedly want to accelerate the pace in the second half, and Cadiz boasts some dangerous substitutes. This match is still very much up for grabs.
Sergio Busquets receives a YELLOW card in the 42nd minute for scything Danish midfielder Jens Jonsson from behind.
39th minute: Dembele has a chance! Cadiz lose possession of the ball in midfield; the ball falls to Dembele, who bursts into the box and fires a low shot that is blocked by Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma. Dembele has been the focal point of Barcelona’s best attacks.
27th minute: What a Cadiz counterattack! Sobrino outwits his defender down the right flank and delivers the ball to Lucas Perez, who misses the top left corner. Sergino Dest was summoned for a push, but there was no one there.
23rd minute: After a Dembele shot is blocked in the box, Jordi Alba attempts a shot with his right foot(!) but it is too high. The fans applaud the initiative, but Barcelona are having difficulty breaking down the Cadiz back line thus far.
18th minute: Barcelona are in transition, and Dembele wide right places the ball on his left foot, but his curler into the far corner is way off target.
Cadiz break through Barcelona’s backline in the 14th minute thanks to a fantastic through ball by Lucas Perez for left back Pacho Espino, who made a run in behind. However, Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen seizes the opportunity first.
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Barcelona is not fooling around in the third minute. Dembele makes a darting run down the right flank, but Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma saves his initial shot and then the rebound. There is no danger around the next corner.
We’re off to the Camp Nou in the first minute. And there is no doubt about which team the crowd is rooting for. Memphis Depay smacked an early warning shot wide left.
1st minute: A section of the crowd has remained silent in protest of what occurred during the match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Barcelona vs Cadiz starting elevens
Pedri is sidelined with an injury for Barcelona, with Frenkie de Jong filling in at midfield. Clement Lenglet will fill in for Ronald Araujo at centre back while Ronald Araujo is suspended. Sergino Dest is preferred at right back over Dani Alves.
Barcelona’s starting lineup (4-3-3, from left to right) is as follows: 1-Ter Stegen (GK) — 18-Jordi Alba, 15-Lenglet, 24-Eric. 2-Dest — 21-year-old F. de Jong, 5-year-old Sergio, and 30-year-old Gavi — No. 19 Torres, No. 9 Memphis, No. 7 Dembele
Substitutes for Barcelona (11): 13-Neto (GK), Arnau Tenas 36 (GK), 8-Dani Alves et al. 22-Mingueza, 31-Balde, Riqui Puig, 6 14-Nico, 11-Traore, 12-Braithwaite, L. de Jong, 17; Aubameyang, 25
Ruben Alcaraz is suspended after making nine consecutive starts in midfield for Cadiz CF. Varazdat Haroyan remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Starting lineup for Cadiz (4-4-2, from left to right): 1-Ledesma (GK) — 22-Espino, 3-Fali, 23-year-old L. Hernandez, 36-year-old Parra — 8-A. Fernandez, 6-Jose Mari, 2-Jonsson, 7-Salvi
Substitutes for Cadiz (12): 13-Gil (GK), 16-Cala, 19-Arzamendia, 32-Chust, 15-Akapo, 10-Perea, 12-Alarcon, San Emeterio, 24 14-Alejo, Lozano No. 9, Idrissi No. 11, Negredo No. 18
How to watch Barcelona vs. Cadiz
|Date||Mon Apr 18||Mon, Apr 18||Mon, Apr 18||Tues, Apr 19|
|Time||20:00 BST||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|TV channel||La Liga TV||—||TSN1||beIN Sports 2|
|Streaming||Amazon Prime||ESPN+||TSN Direct||bein Connect|
The match will be broadcast on La Liga TV and streamed live on Amazon Prime in the United Kingdom.
ESPN+ will broadcast the match exclusively in English and Spanish in the United States of America.
Canada: The match will be broadcast on TSN1 in Canada, with a live stream available on TSN platforms.
Australia: beIN Sports 2 will broadcast the Barcelona-Cadiz match, with live streams available via beIN’s Connect streaming platform.