Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Player Ratings as Blaugrana Suffer Shock Defeat

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Cadiz's squad celebrate a famous victory away to Barcelona
Cadiz's squad celebrate a famous victory away to Barcelona / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Newly promoted Cadiz earned a historic 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Saturday night, compounding the Catalans to their worst start to a La Liga campaign for more than 30 years.

Having already defeated Real Madrid this season, Cadiz added Barcelona to their growing list of notable scalps. The hosts took an early lead, with Alvaro Gimenez converting from close range after Barcelona were undone by a simple flick-on at the near post from a corner in the eighth minute.

Ronald Koeman watched on as his side dominated possession but, with Cadiz resolute in their well-drilled 4-5-1 formation, Barcelona struggled to create many openings in the first 45 minutes.

After a double-change at half-time, Barcelona began to carve out some chances yet their equaliser came via an own goal, their third of the season so far. Approaching the hour mark, Lionel Messi found a rare pocket of space on the edge of Cadiz's box, threaded a pass for Jordi Alba who had his cross deflected into the net by the unwitting Pedro Alcala.

However, just as Barcelona looked to have come back into the contest, second half substitute Alvaro Negredo capitalised upon a slapstick sequence of defending from Clement Lenglet and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put Cadiz back in front in the 63rd minute.

As Barcelona flooded more and more bodies forward they did create chances - notably through Sergino Dest and Miralem Pjanic - but left themselves incredibly exposed on the counter. In a game where there could have been more goals for both sides, Barcelona were deservedly consigned to their fourth defeat of the season already.


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) - 5/10 - While he wasn't chiefly to blame for the calamitous second goal, the German shot-stopper didn't exactly cover himself in glory otherwise.

Sergino Dest (RB) - 6/10 - One of the more threatening Barcelona players going forward but often left to beat two men with Messi drifting in field.

Oscar Mingueza (CB) - 3/10 - A night to forget for the youngster. Having caused the scramble which led to Cadiz's opener, Mingueza was hauled off at half-time.

Clement Lenglet (CB) - 4/10 - Had the unenviable task as Barcelona's sole defender for large swathes of second half but woefully at fault for Negredo's winner.

Jordi Alba (LB) - 5/10 - Much of the zip and speed which defines Alba's normal game was missing on Saturday, and has been increasingly hard to find for some time now.


2. Midfielders

Sergio Busquets (right) won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch (six) against Cadiz but was often bypassed in midfield
Sergio Busquets (right) won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch (six) against Cadiz but was often bypassed in midfield / JORGE GUERRERO/Getty Images

Sergio Busquets (CM) - 6/10 - A regular scapegoat for Barcelona defeats of late, Busquets was one of his side's more incisive passers, creating two chances. He was often caught out, along with the rest of team, for Cadiz's counters, however.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) - 5/10 - Struggled to exert an influence on proceedings before shunted into defence for the second half.

Antoine Griezmann (AM) - 5/10 - Not bad when he got on the ball but let sizeable chunks of the game pass by without getting involved.


3. Forwards

Lionel Messi racked up ten shots against Cadiz, no other player on the pitch attempted more than two, but he couldn't score
Lionel Messi racked up ten shots against Cadiz, no other player on the pitch attempted more than two, but he couldn't score / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi (RW) - 5/10 - Responsible for almost half of Barcelona's efforts on goal, Messi dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on, giving even himself too much to do.

Martin Braithwaite (ST) - 4/10 - Mustered just one shot all game and posed little threat.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) - 3/10 - Never looks natural pigeonholed out wide and was largely anonymous before being hooked at the interval.


4. Substitutes

Ousmane Dembele (LW) - 4/10

Pedri (CM) - 5/10

Francisco Trincao (RW) - 6/10

Miralem Pjanic (CM) - 5/10

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