Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona’s place in La Liga’s prime 4 seems to be a lot much less safe after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at house to relegation-battling Cadiz on Monday.
Lucas Perez’s close-range end early within the second half condemned Barca to a second consecutive defeat, on the again of their shock exit by the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt within the Europa League on Thursday.
Barcelona stayed second however are stage on factors with each Sevilla in third and Atletico Madrid in fourth whereas Real Betis in fifth are solely three factors behind. Xavi Hernandez’s staff do have a sport in hand over the trio under them.
But the loss means Barca have gained solely one in all their final 4 matches, that victory coming through an injury-time winner in opposition to Nineteenth-placed Levante.
Any hopes that they had of constructing leaders Real Madrid really feel uncomfortable are certainly over, with Madrid 15 factors clear on the prime, having performed a sport extra.
Cadiz climb out of the relegation zone to sixteenth, two factors away from the underside three.
The defeat by Frankfurt on Thursday was a very bitter tablet to swallow, given the Catalans successfully ceded their house benefit by permitting greater than 20,000 away followers into Camp Nou.
Xavi stated on Saturday Barca had felt “robbed in their own home” and one of many membership’s distinguished fan teams boycotted the Cadiz sport in protest, with the part behind the aim at one finish empty.
Controversy surrounded Gerard Pique on Monday too, after a report by El Confidencial stated the defender’s firm, Kosmos, are to obtain 24 million euros for his or her half in transferring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Pique was not concerned in opposition to Cadiz as he had a hamstring damage.
As effectively as points across the Frankfurt followers and Pique, Xavi finds himself confronting the staff’s first actual dip since he was appointed in November.
Barcelona can ill-afford to overlook out on Champions League qualification, with the membership’s money owed at first of the season amounting to greater than a billion euros.
Cadiz ought to have been in entrance at half-time however Perez shot huge after being given a easy end by Ruben Sobrino.
Ousmane Dembele had Barcelona’s greatest probability however the Frenchman was unable to complete off a driving run, his shot straight at Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma.
Cadiz continued to create the higher probabilities and two minutes into the second half, they took the lead. Jordi Alba misplaced the ball in midfield and Alex’s cross discovered Sobrino, whose header was parried by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, just for Perez to comply with in.
Alex ought to have put Barca out of sight however fired huge from Ivan Alejo’s pull-back earlier than Barcelona’s Luuk de Jong, on in its place, headed straight at Ledesma.
Sergio Busquets examined Ledesma with a late strike from distance earlier than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang volleyed straight on the goalkeeper late on, Gavi unable to achieve the rebound.