Barcelona collapse to win in Cadiz to increase pressure on Ronald Koeman | the league


Barcelona conceded two embarrassing goals as they suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Cadiz in La Liga on Saturday, leading head coach Ronald Koeman to criticize his players’ attitude.

The Catalans fell behind in the eighth minute when Óscar Mingueza directed the ball towards his goal and although goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen got his hands on the ball, Cádiz striker Álvaro Giménez helped him to cross the line.

Barca equalized a lucky goal in the 57th when Pedro Alcalá deflected Jordi Alba’s cross into the net, baffling his impressive goalkeeper, Jeremias Ledesma, who had kept Barca at bay.

Cádiz restored his lead six minutes later, however, thanks to a calamitous error by Ter Stegen, who kicked the ball against Álvaro Negredo and the veteran forward followed the rebound to dribble it into the unattended net.

Barca’s fourth loss of the season left them seventh in the table with 14 points after 10 games and Koeman’s side have failed to win their last four away matches.

Ronald Koeman was unhappy with his players' attitude in Barcelona defeat
Ronald Koeman was unhappy with the attitude of his players when Barcelona lost. Photographie: Alvaro Rivero / AP

Koeman said: “It’s amazing that we lost because of a goal like that, it’s a mistake you don’t expect this team to make. It shows that we are not concentrating.

“The attitude was not good tonight. I am very disappointed. “

Cadiz, who recorded their first home victory since returning to the top flight, passed them in fifth place with 18 points. The Andalusians also beat champions Real Madrid 1-0 away from home earlier in the campaign.

Lionel Messi had a frustrating night despite Barca captain resting for the Champions League victory at Ferencvaros in midweek and was repeatedly upset by Ledesma in the Cadiz goal.

Ledesma also prevented a scathing shot from Miralem Pjanic late and a point blank effort from Antoine Griezmann. Cadiz should have put the game out of Barca’s reach when Bobby Adekanye ran towards goal without a challenge, but he failed to beat Ter Stegen.

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