Messi 6/10, Lenglet 4/10 as Barca drop two costly points vs. newly-promoted Cadiz

had an even worse week when Alex Fernandez’s late penalty kick earned Cadiz a surprising 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday in La Liga.

Lionel Messi is 16 years old. The goal of the season, also from the penalty spot, gave Barca the lead in the first half as they tried to recover from their 4-1 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain midweek.

Barca’s chances to double their lead were used to pay for their overzealous approach when Fernandez, the brother of Real Madrid defender Nacho, put the visitors ahead in the 89th minute. Clement Lenglet drew a foul on Ruben Sobrino and scored a point in the second minute.


Messi’s goal made Luis Suarez the top scorer in La Liga this season and also overtook Xavi Hernandez as Barca’s top scorer in the Spanish top flight. He has now played 506 Championship games for the club.

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Barca missed a great chance to close the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid, who lost to Levante on Saturday, ending their seven-game winning streak. The draw brings them within eight points of Atletico, but it could and should have been six.

The game was lost on both sides. Although Cadiz – the last team to beat Barca in the Championship – went deep in December, Ronald Koeman found plenty of space in the final third, but the finishing and decision-making were disappointing. They finished the game with 21 shots, but only one goal. They were slow with the ball all over the pitch and didn’t have much to do at the back, a moment of folly from Lenglet cost them two points.

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Manager’s rating out of 10

5 — Koeman found himself with the same players who lost against the GSP and offered them a chance to redeem themselves. They didn’t accept him, and his decision to change five times in the second half ruined the rhythm of the game.

Player rating (1-10; 10 = best. Players registered after 70 minutes receive no rating)

GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 6 — Didn’t save in the opening stages, but did get a penalty against at the end of the game.

DF Sergino Dest, 6 — A much better performance than when he made his first appearance against PSG, although defensively he had few chances. Well linked with Ousmane Dembele in attack.

D.F. Gerard Peake, 6 — Worked 90 minutes for the first time since returning early from a three-month hiatus.

D.F. Clement Lenglet, 4 — Unforgivable error, as Sobrino came out at the end of the game, while Cadiz offered little more in the final third.

DF Jordi Alba, 6… He tried to help the offense, but wasn’t very happy on the left side. One shot from distance in the first half.

MF Sergio Busquets, 6 — He seemed comfortable and in control of the game when he was in Cadiz’s half and dictating play for Barca before being brought down.

MF Frenkie de Jong, 6 — Has better numbers lately and is better suited to a more open game. One goal was disallowed for offside.

Lionel Messi was disappointed as Barcelona lost two precious late points against Cadiz. Photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

MF Pedri, 7… Barca’s best player. He won the penalty thanks to his quick reaction and gave the most accurate passes in and around the penalty area, creating good chances for his teammates. Like De Jong, the goal was disallowed.

FW Ousmane Dembele, 6 — Didn’t stop running in Cadiz, but hit the ball wrong when it counted. Most of his six shots were missed or blocked.

FW Lionel Messi, 6 years old. — He scored a penalty and came close to scoring two more goals, missing a good save by Jeremias Ledesma in the first period. He finished the game with eight shots but only one goal.

FW Antoine Griezmann, 5 years old… He wasn’t involved enough in the final third and was eliminated in the second half.


FW Martin Braithwaite, 6 — Was substituted for Grizman, and although he was more involved, he did not provide a sideline in the penalty area.

MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Was replaced by Busquets and had a chance by far, but it went too far.

FW Francisco Trinaco, N/R — He deserved more minutes after his recent performances, but he came on too late to make an impact here.

MF Riqui Puig, N/R — Replacing Dembele for the final 10 minutes.

DF Oscard Mingueza, N/R — Had a great chance to cross but was cut off and the opportunity was lost.

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