Barcelona were hoping to build on their stellar win against Viktoria Plzen tonight as they took on Cadiz away from home. Los Piratas have been Barça’s bogey team over the last two years, taking away two draws and two wins from them.
Xavi started with a heavily rotated lineup tonight, benching five starters from arguably their best starting lineup. That, coupled with the fact that Cadiz were desperately looking for their first point of the season did not fare well in favour of the visitors.
The first half was decent, with some players – like Alejandro Balde, Pique, and Gavi standing out. However, as a whole, the team looked uncoordinated for a majority of the 90.
Barcelona took a 2-0 lead by the 65th minute courtesy of Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski, but the match was interrupted 20 minutes later due to a medical emergency in the stands.
After it was deemed serious, the game was temporarily suspended, with the players sent back to the dressing room.
Eventually, the person was escorted on a stretcher, out of the stadium, after which the players were asked to resume the match.
We at Barça Universal extend our prayers and thoughts for the affected fan.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 6
Ter Stegen did not have to make a single shot today. More than sums up the game.
Hector Bellerin: 7
A rather clumsy debut for Bellerin, who was looked understandably shaky. Grew into the game in the second half and can definitely take credit for starting the move that led to the second goal.
Ronald Araujo: 6
Did not have an awful lot to do defensively but fared well the couple of times he did. His comfort with the ball is increasing every passing day.
Gerard Pique: 7
Pique clearly came into the game today wanting to prove something and achieved that to a large extent. The Spaniard was faultless with his passing, and read Cadiz’s attacks well enough to keep a clean sheet.
Alejandro Balde: 8.5
Balde was by far and large the best player for Barcelona tonight. He was intense defensively, and never…
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Author : Udhav Arora
Publish date : 2022-09-10 19:17:52
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