Cadiz 2–1 Barcelona: Defensive horror show lets down the Catalans

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Barcelona have been stunned by Cadiz as Ronald Koeman‘s struggles continue in La Liga

Barcelona look to have returned to the losing ways as they were stunned 2-1 by Cadiz.

A spectacular performance in the Champions League against Ferencvaros and the emphatic win against Osasuna a week prior were only flattering to deceive as Barca succumbed to minnows Cadiz.

Barca stuck with a strong playing 11 – although Ousmane Dembele’s exclusion was questioned – and their weakness on the paper was the defence, where Clement Lenglet was the nominal centre-back while his pair Frenkie de Jong acted as a make-shift defender.

The hosts found the early lead through Alvaro Gimenez’s strike and Barca struggled to respond throughout the first-half.

Barca hopped back into the game after Jordi Alba’s strike took a big deflection of Pedro Alcala before finding the nets past the goalkeeper Ledesma.

However, the equaliser was soon cancelled when Alvaro Negredo scored an easy goal as a result of a let-off by Barca’s defence – Clement Lenglet and Marc Andre Ter Stegen.

The Catalans pushed for the equaliser until the final whistle of the game however they were unfortunate to see their chances getting squandered mainly because of keeper Ledesma’s heroics, making some crucial saves.

Miralem Pjanic’s late substitution has raised questions over Ronald Koeman’s team selection as the Bosnian midfielder was more impressive in the limited minutes than Sergio Busquets, who appears to be in the pecking order of Koeman.

Barca suffered their fourth defeat of the season in the league meanwhile Cadiz made history by defeating Real Madrid and Barcelona.