Barcelona 1-1 Cadiz: Alex penalty forces Barcelona to draw, despite Messi’s first-half goal

Lionel Messi-Barcelona
Lionel Messi-Barcelona

Barcelona’s title hopes were dealt a blow this Sunday as they Catalans were condemned to a draw 1-1 by a late Cadiz equaliser, despite Messi’s goal in his 506th appearance for the club.

The hosts who could have cut Atletico Madrid’s gap at the top of the table to six points could only muster a draw, leaving their hopes for a La Liga title this year in serious jeopardy. Despite enjoying 81% of the possession and taking a total of 17 shots in the game, the Blaugrana could not break down the stubborn hosts whose only shot on target in the game came in the 89th minute from the penalty spot.

Despite going close in the 16th and 29th minute via an Alba and Messi effort, Barcelona had to wait until the 32nd minute to break the deadlock through a won by Pedri. Lionel Messi, who became Barca’s record appearance maker ahead of Xavi Hernández, converted to hand his side the lead.

The goal was the Argentine’s 406th La Liga goal for Barcelona, but he was unable to double his tally for his side despite coming close in the 73rd minute after an intricate passing move between him and Pedri had him sent clear on goal.

With the game wearing towards a close, Barcelona continued to probe their visitor’s back-line but were unable to find a way through despite several goal attempts.

Despite not having a sniff at the Barca goal all game, Cadiz were awarded a chance to claw themselves back into the game when they were awarded a penalty after Lenglet had upended Sobrino in the box. Álex Fernández stepped up to take the penalty and coolly converted, sending Ter Stegen the wrong way.

The goal was against the run of play, but the visitors will feel it’s the least they deserve after holding up firm at the back. Meanwhile, Koeman, whose team has won just once in their last four games, will feel his team deserved better than a draw after dominating possession all game.

Pressure continues to grow on the Dutchman, who will be hoping that his side puts the records straight in their game Elche in midweek. Cadiz, meanwhile, will host Real Betis next Sunday evening.