Barcelona held 1-1 by Cádiz; Messi record 506th league game


Cádiz snatched a late penalty to attract 1-1 at Camp Nou and deal Barcelona an surprising setback in its bid for the Spanish league title on Sunday.

Five days after being crushed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League, Ronald Koeman’s facet noticed two factors slip away when substitute Álex Fernández transformed an 88th-minute penalty conceded by Clement Lenglet.

Lionel Messi appeared to place Barcelona on its method to a simple win in his membership record 506th league look in Spain. But after Messi scored from the penalty spot within the thirty second minute, Barcelona was unable to complete off many scoring probabilities.

The draw leaves Barcelona in third place at eight factors behind chief Atlético Madrid, which misplaced 2-0 to Levante on Saturday. Real Madrid was the most important beneficiary of the spherical, transferring three factors behind Atlético after successful 1-0 at Valladolid additionally on Saturday. Madrid has performed yet another match than Atlético and Barcelona.

“These are two hard blows this week,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique mentioned after the slip to Cádiz on the heels of putting up with a hat trick by PSG star Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday within the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match.

“There is a method to go within the league, however we didn’t rely on this. If we will get on a very good run of play and get good outcomes, we will nonetheless have a shot. It goes to be tough,¨ Pique mentioned.

Cádiz, which got here up from the second division this season, upset Barcelona 2-1 in early December when Koeman’s facet was nonetheless discovering its manner below the brand new coach. Since then, Barcelona has not misplaced within the league and arrived on the game on a seven-game successful streak within the league.

Barcelona had 80% of possession and out-shot Cádiz 20-3. But a careless foul by Lenglet — when he kicked Rubén Sobrino within the leg whereas attempting to clear a ball on the sting of the world — ruined a robust efficiency that solely lacked a second purpose.

It was Cádiz’s first level earned at Camp Nou since 1978.