Cádiz v Barcelona Live Commentary & Result, 23/09/2021, Primera División

15′ Jimenez tries to find Negredo with a cross but is unsuccessful. The Cadiz striker appreciates the effort all the same. Up the other end, Frenkie de Jong trips Jimenez as he wins a 50/50 ball.

13′ Jimenez holds up Dest’s run, unfairly in the view of the American but the referee disagrees.

11′ Cadiz deal with the set-piece easily enough. The hosts certainly have nothing to be scared of so far.

10′ Arzamendia races through Barca’s midfield to surprisingly little resistance until the visitors’ defence eventually shuts the door. Alarcon trips Frenkie de Jong to give Depay the chance to swing a cross in.

8′ Barca earn their first corner of the game. Cadiz clear it after blocking Pique’s header and Espino tries to counter down the left. Dest comes across to cut the attack out.

6′ Barca unconvincingly deal with the ball that Cadiz swing in. Luckily for the visitors Arzamendia steams into Gavi on the edge of the box and ends up giving away a free-kick.

5′ Jimenez looks to power down the right but finds his path blocked off by Busquets. The referee awards a foul against the Barca captain.

3′ Barca enjoy their first shot of the game as Dest teases Carcelen before firing over from the left of the box.

1′ We’re underway here in Andalusia!

The two teams are out on the pitch in Cadiz. Cadiz are wearing their yellow and blue home strip. Barca are wearing their light purple away kit. It’s very smart.

This could be a tough game for Barca who’ve failed to win their last two visits to Cadiz, losing their last league visit 2-1 last December. However, Cadiz are winless in their last four LaLiga matches at home. The hosts will want to make their strength at set-pieces count: four of their five league goals this season have come that way. It’s also how Barca have conceded three of their last four goals.

Cadiz make three changes from their win over Celta Vigo. Arzamendia, Sanchez and Negredo come in for Bastida, Sanchez, and Lozano. Koeman makes four changes to Barca’s side from three days ago. Mingueza, Pique, Gavi and Luuk de Jong start. 

SUBS: Inaki Pena, Clement Lenglet, Eric Garcia, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Sergi Roberto, Nicolas Gonzalez, Neto.

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Sergino Dest; Pablo Gaviria, Sergio Busquets (c), Frenkie de Jong; Yusuf Demir, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay.

SUBS: Florin Andone, Juan Cala, Martín Calderon, Alberto Perea, Marcos Mauro, Alex Fernandez, Salvi Sanchez, David Gil, Jens Jonsson, Carlos Akapo, Anthony Lozano, Alvaro Bastida.

CADIZ (4-4-2): Jeremias Ledesma; Isaac Carcelen, Victor Chust, Varazdat Haroyan, Alfonso Espino (c); Alvaro Jimenez, Tomas Alarcon, Fali, Santiago Arzamendia; Ruben Sobrino, Alvaro Negredo.

Barcelona were lucky to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Granada earlier this week, despite dominating possession. Ronald Koeman will need his team to put in a better performance this time around if they are to silence the doubters and catch up to the leading pack.

After a slow start, Cadiz finally got their first win of this LaLiga campaign last time out with a 2-1 away victory over Celta Vigo. Alvaro Cervera’s Andalusians haven’t fully convinced yet this campaign, but they’ll be hoping they can now look up the table.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this LaLiga match between Cadiz and Barcelona at Nuevo Mirandilla.

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