Barcelona 2 – 0 Cádiz: Clinical Barca Secure First Win of the Season
Barcelona secured their first league win of the 23/24 LaLiga season as they defeated a well-organised Cádiz side with a 2-0 scoreline at the Estadio Olímpico. Despite facing a resilient Cadiz defence, Barcelona’s clinical finishing and persistence paid off.
The match kicked off with Barcelona controlling possession from the outset, but they struggled to break through Cadiz’s organised defensive setup. Lamine Yamal made history by becoming the youngest ever player to start for Barcelona at just 16 years and 38 days old. However, the absence of key players such as Raphinha and Ronald Araujo due to suspension and injury respectively forced the Catalan side to adapt.
The first half saw Barcelona dominate possession, yet the breakthrough remained elusive. A series of promising opportunities were thwarted by Cadiz solid defending and a string of fine saves from Cadiz goalkeeper Ledesma. Frankie De Jong’s deployment as a centre-back in a back three due to Xavi’s suspension also added to Barcelona’s tactical adjustments.
As the match progressed, Barcelona’s persistence intensified. Lamine Yamal’s dangerous crosses from the right side of the pitch created moments of panic in Cadiz’s defence. However, the first half concluded with the score locked at 0-0.
The second half began with Barcelona showing more urgency in their attacking play. Lamine Yamal’s strike early on rebounded to Robert Lewandowski, but the Polish striker couldn’t find the target. Despite Cadiz’s resolute defence, Barcelona continued to push forward and test Ledesma in goal.
In the 82nd minute, the deadlock was finally broken. A well-executed move involving Ilkay Gundogan and Pedri allowed the latter to guide the ball past Ledesma, giving Barcelona the lead. The goal injected new life into the game, and Barcelona continued to press for a second.
As the match entered its final minutes, Ansu Fati found the net, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside decision following a VAR review. However, Barcelona’s persistence was rewarded once more in injury time. A flicked header from Lewandowski fell to substitute Ferran Torres, who calmly slotted the ball into the net, securing a 2-0 victory for Barcelona.
Despite Cadiz’s determined defensive efforts and moments of threat on the counter, they were unable to sustain Barcelona’s attack. The final whistle confirmed Barcelona’s triumph, marking a crucial victory in their first win of the LaLiga season.
Barcelona will now look ahead to their clash with Villarreal on August 27th, while Cadiz prepares to face Almería on August 26th. The victory serves as a promising start to Xavi’s campaign and a testament to Barcelona’s ability to adapt in challenging circumstances.