21 Feb Messi 6/10, Lenglet 4/10 as Barca drop two pricey factors vs. newly-promoted Cadiz
Barcelona’s week went from dangerous to worse as Alex Fernandez’s late penalty earned Cadiz an surprising 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday.
Lionel Messi’s 16th purpose of the season, additionally from the penalty spot, had given Barca a first-half lead as they appeared to bounce again from a 4-1 midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League.
Probabilities got here and went for Barca to double their lead they usually had been made to pay for his or her wastefulness when Fernandez, brother of Actual Madrid defender Nacho, earned the guests a degree within the 89th minute after Clement Lenglet fouled Ruben Sobrino.
Messi’s purpose moved him degree with Luis Suarez as the highest scorer in La Liga this season, whereas he additionally surpassed Xavi Hernandez as Barca’s report look holder within the Spanish top-flight. He has now performed 506 league video games for the membership.
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Barca missed a golden likelihood to chop the hole on leaders Atletico Madrid, who misplaced to Levante on Saturday, as their successful streak ended at seven. The draw strikes them inside eight factors of Atletico, nevertheless it may, and may, have been six.
The sport was misplaced at each ends. Regardless of Cadiz — who’re the final team to beat Barca within the league, in December — sitting deep, Ronald Koeman’s aspect discovered loads of area within the ultimate third, however their ending and decision-making was woeful. They ended the sport with 21 pictures however only one purpose. They had been sluggish on the ball throughout the pitch and on the again, the place that they had little to do, a second of insanity from Lenglet value them two factors on the loss of life.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
5 — Koeman caught with the identical gamers who misplaced to PSG, providing them an opportunity of redemption. They did not take it and his choice to make all 5 adjustments within the second half ruined the rhythm of the sport.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 6 — Did not have a save to make from open play however conceded from a late penalty.
DF Sergino Dest, 6 — A much-improved efficiency on his displaying in opposition to PSG, though he had little defending to do. Linked properly with Ousmane Dembele in assault.
DF Gerard Pique, 6 — Accomplished 90 minutes for the primary time since returning forward of schedule from a knee harm after three months out.
DF Clement Lenglet, 4 — An unforgivable mistake to take Sobrino out late on when Cadiz had been providing little-to-no menace within the ultimate third.
DF Jordi Alba, 6 — Tried to assist in assault however did not have a lot pleasure down the left. Shot huge from distance within the first half.
MF Sergio Busquets, 6 — Regarded snug and in charge of the sport as he sat simply contained in the Cadiz half dictating Barca’s strikes earlier than being taken off.
MF Frenkie de Jong, 6 — Has had higher performances lately and is healthier suited to a extra open sport. Did have a purpose dominated out for offside.
MF Pedri, 7 — Barca’s greatest participant. Gained the penalty due to his fast reactions and supplied essentially the most incisive passing in and across the space, creating good probabilities for his teammates. Like De Jong, had a purpose dominated out.
FW Ousmane Dembele, 6 — Did not cease operating on the Cadiz backline however erred when it mattered. The vast majority of his six pictures had been off-target or blocked.
FW Lionel Messi, 6 — Scored the penalty and got here shut to some extra targets, drawing one good save from Jeremias Ledesma within the first half. Ended the sport with eight pictures however only one purpose.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 5 — Not concerned sufficient within the ultimate third and was taken off within the second half.
FW Martin Braithwaite, 6 — Got here on for Griezmann and whereas he was extra concerned, he did not supply a leading edge within the field.
MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Changed Busquets and had one likelihood from distance, driving huge.
FW Francisco Trinaco, N/R — Deserved extra minutes after his current performances however got here on too late to make a mark right here.
MF Riqui Puig, N/R — Given the ultimate 10 minutes instead of Dembele.
DF Oscard Mingueza, N/R — Had one nice likelihood to cross however chopped again as an alternative and the chance handed.