Cadiz pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the La Liga season, beating FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou 1-0. The three points will prove a massive boost in Cadiz’s fight against relegation to the second division, while it complicates Barcelona’s quest to seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The winning goal by Cadiz was scored three minutes after the halftime break when ex-Arsenal forward Lucas Perez bundled home a rebound near the goal line after Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen stopped back-to-back efforts on the Barca goal.
Barcelona, which played a punchless first half, poured on the pressure for the remainder of the second half, but Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma came up big every time he was called into action. Barcelona brought on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore and Luuk de Jong off the bench, but Cadiz held strong.
And it was Cadiz which generated the best chances to double their lead in the second half. A missed shot by a wide-open Alex Fernandez, a tip save by Barcelona’s Ter Stegen, and Barca’s right post kept Cadiz off the board on three separate occasions. Cadiz also had the best chance in the first half, but Perez could not convert on his chance.
Barcelona are now one of five teams within five points, battling for three remaining Champions League berths. La Liga leaders Real Madrid will claim the other one, and have also moved closer to clinching the 2021-22 title with a 15-point lead and only six matches remaining in the season (Barcelona also have a game in hand).
At the bottom of the table, Cadiz emerged from the third and final relegation spot, jumping above Mallorca and Granada. They now sit two points above the drop zone with a home game against Athletic Club coming up on Thursday.
The Barcelona loss in La Liga comes just four days after an embarrassing Europa League elimination suffered at home against Eintracht Frankfurt. The German side won 3-2, but it also traveled an estimated 30,000 fans who invaded the Camp Nou. The surprising takeover of its home field by the away supporters led to Barcelona changing its ticket policy for European competitions.
Barcelona upcoming La Liga schedule sees them travel to face Real Sociedad on Thursday (April 21), followed by two more home games against relegation-threatened sides Rayo Vallecano (April 24) and Mallorca (May 1).
Barcelona vs. Cadiz final score
CAD – Lucas Perez – 48th min.
Barcelona vs. Cadiz updates & highlights
Final: Barcelona 0, Cadiz 1
This stat pic.twitter.com/JV9oe36qtL
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) Apr 18, 2022
94th min.: YELLOW card for Ferran Torres for protest. The frustration is boiling over for the Blaugrana.
90th min.: Seven minutes of stoppage time.
89th min.: A wild end to this game. After a seemingly harmless Ivan Alejo cross nearly surprised Ter Stegen, going off the base of the right post, Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma comes up big again on a point-blank volley attempt by Aubameyang.
86th min.: The referee runs a bottle of water to the sidelines. It was thrown from the stands. The fans are growing restless.
85th min.: Another stop by Ledesma! Moments after stopping a Luuk de Jong header on a corner, he stops an Eric Garcia shot. Ledesma will be the man of the match if the score holds.
82nd min.: SUB — Santiago Arzamendia is in for Raul Sobrino.
79th min.: Another chance for Cadiz! This time Raul Sobrino gets his shot on goal and it leads to a corner kick. Again, it was Ivan Alejo with the run down the right and the cutback cross.
77th min.: SUBS — Here are Barcelona’s next two moves:
Luuk de Jong -> Frenkie De Jong
Adama Traore -> Clement Lenglet
76th min.: Cadiz nearly score a second in transition! What a miss by Alex Fernandez, who is wide open in the box. But he sends Ivan Alejo’s service wide right! He had to get that shot on target at minimum.
69th min.: YELLOW card for Sergino Dest. It’s Cadiz center back Fali Gimenez who expertly draws the foul and the caution for the American right back.
68th min.: Cadiz’ keeper Jeremias Ledesma comes up with two big stops, including on a blistering shot from Dembele. The Argentine has been solid so far today.
64th min.: SUBS — Cadiz’s turn to make changes. Ivan Alejo is on (for Salvi Sanchez) and Fede San Emeterio also enters (for Jose Mari in midfield).
62nd min.: SUB — Barcelona brings on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Memphis Depay at the center forward position.
61st min.: YELLOW for Cadiz’s Luis Hernandez. He goes in for a sliding tackle and wins the ball, but he leaves his studs showing on the follow through. That recklessness is punished by a yellow.
58th min.: The crowd is now up in arms about every Cadiz challenge. One of them leaves Ferran Torres on the ground after his head struck the turf. Barcelona are preparing a sub.
48th min.: Goal Cadiz! After a Jordi Alba giveaway, a beautiful cross into the Barcelona box is headed on goal by Raul Sobrino, but Ter Stegen twice stops his shots. But Lucas Perez was there to punch the ball home. Shock lead from the club that’s third from bottom.
Watch the goal in the USA:
Lucas Pérez aprovecha el error de Ter-Stegen y anota pic.twitter.com/qn5vsjhrTG
— ESPN Deportes (@ESPNDeportes) Apr 18, 2022
Watch the goal in the UK:
🟡 The away side lead in #BarcaCadiz†
— LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) Apr 18, 2022
46th min.: Second half has kicked off and there’s already a bit more zip and urgency to the Barcelona movements. No subs for either team.
Half time: Barcelona 0, Cadiz 0
Halftime: This match is playing out as many would have expected. Barcelona are taking it to Cadiz, but there’s a whole lot of touches outside the Cadiz back, but the home team is having a tough time breaking through. It’s best moments have come through an inspired Ousmane Dembele. Cadiz had the best chance of the match in transition, but ex-Arsenal man Lucas Perez failed to convert with only the ‘keeper to beat. Barcelona will surely want to speed things up in the second half and Cadiz has some dangerous subs off the bench. This match is still wide open.
42nd min.: YELLOW card for Sergio Busquetswho stops a Cadiz counter by scything Danish midfielder Jens Jonsson from behind.
39th min.: Chance for Dembele! Cadiz lose the ball in midfield, the ball lands on the feet of Dembele, who bursts toward the box and fires a low shot that is stopped by Cadiz ‘keeper Ledesma. The best Barcelona attacks have come through Dembele.
27th min.: What a counter attack by Cadiz! Sobrino beats his defender down the right and puts the ball on a platter for Lucas Perez, but he misses the top left corner. Perez wants Sergino Dest to be called for a push, but there was nothing there.
Watch in the UK:
It ends 0-0 in #BarcaCadiz at half time.
— LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) Apr 18, 2022
23rd min.: First a Dembele shot is blocked in the box and then Jordi Alba tries a shot with his right foot(!) but it’s high. Round of applause from the fans for the initiative shown, but Barcelona are having a tough time finding a way through the Cadiz back line thus far.
18th min.: Barcelona in transition and Dembele wide right puts the ball on his left foot, but his curler looking for the far corner is way off the mark.
14th min.: Cadiz get through the Barcelona backline with a great through ball by Lucas Perez for left back Pacho Espino, who made a run in behind. But Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen gets to it first.
3rd min.: No fooling around by Barcelona. Dembele makes a penetrating run down the right and Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma stop his shot and then a follow-up on the rebound. No danger on the ensuing corner.
1st min.: We’re off at the Camp Nou. And there’s no doubt about which team the majority of the crowd is backing. Memphis Depay with an early warning blast that finished wide left.
1st min.: A section of fans haven’t shown up in protest about what happened in the match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
A group of Barcelona supporters are protesting the match after more than 30,000 Frankfurt fans made their way inside the Camp Nou during their midweek clash in the Europa League. pic.twitter.com/naBQzelAiB
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) Apr 18, 2022
75 mins to K/O: Sergio Busquets joins elite company on the all-time appearance list for the club:
¡6⃣7⃣4⃣ partidos con el Barca!
Por muchos más, Sergio! pic.twitter.com/stOj4LnxT5
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) Apr 18, 2022
Barcelona vs Cadiz lineups
Pedri is out injured for Barcelona, with Frenkie de Jong taking his place in midfield. Ronald Araujo is suspended with Clement Lenglet filling in at center back. Sergino Dest is preferred over Dani Alves at right back.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Ter Stegen (GK) — 18-Jordi Alba, 15-Lenglet, 24-Eric, 2-Dest — 21-F. de Jong, 5-Sergio, 30-Gavi — 19-Torres, 9-Memphis, 7-Dembele
Barcelona subs (11): 13-Neto (GK), 36-Arnau Tenas (GK), 8-Dani Alves, 22-Mingueza, 31-Balde, 6-Riqui Puig, 14-Nico, 11-Traore, 12-Braithwaite, 17-L. de Jong, 25-Aubameyang
After nine consecutive starts in midfield for Cadiz CF, Ruben Alcaraz is out due to suspension. Defender Varazdat Haroyan is still absent with a long-term injury.
Cadiz starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Ledesma (GK) — 22-Espino, 3-Fali, 23-L. Hernandez, 36-Parra — 8-A. Fernandez, 6-Jose Mari, 2-Jonsson, 7-Salvi — 21-Sobrino, 25-L. perez
Cadiz subs (12): 13-Gil (GK), 16-Cala, 19-Arzamendia, 32-Chust, 15-Akapo, 10-Perea, 12-Alarcon, 24-San Emeterio, 14-Alejo, 9-Lozano, 11-Idrissi, 18- Negredo
How to watch Barcelona vs. Cadiz
|Date||Mon Apr 18||Mon, Apr 18||Mon, Apr 18||Tues, Apr 19|
|time||20:00 BST||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|TV channel||La Liga TV||†||TSN1||beIN Sports 2|
|Streaming||Amazon Prime||ESPN+||TSN Direct||bein Connect|
UK: The match will be televised on La Liga TV and streamed on Amazon Prime in the UK.
USA: ESPN+ will exclusively carry the match in the USA in both English and Spanish.
Canada: TSN1 will air the match in Canada with the stream available on TSN platforms.
Australia: The Barcelona-Cadiz match will be televised on beIN Sports 2 with streams available on beIN’s Connect streaming platform.