In their first game since their 4-1 defeat by Paris Saint Germain during the week, FC Barcelona played against Cadiz in La Liga at Camp Nou

The Dutch coach picked the same XI so outperformed by the Parisians and trusted his men to do the job against their newly promoted visitors

This meant Gerard Pique kept his place in central defense and wanted to improve if he was ragged by hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe the last time

With her nod, Sergio Busquets was 400 Seen in Blaugrana for the first time, while captain Lionel Messi overtook Xavi as the club’s best player in the league in 506 games

Still shots off target The Blaugrana had collected nearly 150 passes to Cadiz ’22 and had 87% possession

Even though they almost got caught during a break, they would have control of the procedure

The left back shot was just wide of the post and Messi could have done better with a quick duel despite being pressed onto his weaker right foot

Ousmane Dembele hit over the bar in the next break and the Catalans began to find their range

The goalkeeper did an excellent job of blocking the Argentine’s curling shot heading for the top corner. With eight shots and two hits, Koeman’s men became more threatening by the minute

The 18-year-old chopped into the top corner of the box, his mentor converted and brought Barca within six points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid

This made Cadiz the 38th Spanish top team beaten by the Ballon d’Or owner and he also overtook rival of the generation, Cristiano Ronaldo, with the most penalties (73) in the history of the league

Alba caught a nap on the right wing The incoming cross should have been hit by more than just one thigh when it was hit far behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Offside when receiving the ball, the midfielder ended well, but in 39 Minute there were no dice

Antoine Griezmann was just a toe behind the last defender after a half-time whistle before the ball found Pedri The Blaugrana went down the tunnel using only a one-goal pillow

It had been a quiet start to the second half, but when Busquets and Messi combined wonderfully every hour on the hour, Griezmann failed to reach the ball and take it away from Ledesma

“He cut the inside and cut the inside and cut the inside!” The main commentator of the local station Movistar beamed. Nevertheless, the Frenchman couldn’t get a shot and still stayed 1-0

In the 65 Minute he carved Cadiz again by twisting and twisting on the right flank, but hit far to Koeman’s dismay

Busquets and Griezmanns afternoons ended and were replaced by Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite replaces

Seconds before Francisco Trincao ousted him, Tenerife-born Messi almost put up well with a cheeky chip thrown over the ball, even so his performance was widely praised by the online masses

Riqui Puig and Oscar Mingueza competed for Ousmane Dembele and Sergino Dest Tintin used his five submarines within 10 minutes

What in the world was Clement Lenglet thinking? The Frenchman lifted his foot into the box and gave Cadiz a penalty that led to the 1-1 draw. A big mistake

Pique forced a fantastic save on which Ledesma threw his body, then Trincao was in the penalty area on a subsequent move, but was still poorly controlled. A winner could not be found

Sorry for the rigid and literal translation of “Hay Liga” Although Atletico were beaten by Levante yesterday and Real Madrid won the match, the title race had become more interesting overnight

Not able to take advantage of this opportunity due to Lenglet’s mistake, however, the Blaugrana may be mutually exclusive as they still remain eight points behind Diego Simeone’s men

On the positive side, the Catalans have been since 5 December remain unbeaten, which happened to be the case when they themselves fell 2-1 against Cadiz. With this 1-1 stalemate, this loss was of course not avenged

Now, after six years in São Paulo, Barcelona based, I have written extensively on these topics through preview and analysis while also covering match reports for

Now, after six years in São Paulo, Barcelona based, I have written extensively on these topics through preview and analysis and also covered match reports for tournaments like the Copa America. I not only write for Forbes Sports but also edit Yellow & Green Football: a website about Brazilian football that is part of the Guardian Sport Network and a partner of O Globo

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