On Sunday afternoon, Barcelona hosted Cadiz at Camp Nou with more to play for than they would have previously imagined. Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Levante yesterday afternoon, after drawing with them earlier in the week, opening up a chance for the chasing pack to close the gap.
In dominant form, Barcelona began and took the lead on the half-hour mark. In the box, Pedri was fouled for a penalty, which Lionel Messi duly stepped up to convert coolly. The Catalans dominated the game to a ludicrous degree, but by conceding a penalty through Clement Lenglet, they squandered their lead right at the death. Alex Fernandez stepped up, slotting it back home.
Blowing a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1, Barcelona failed to capitalize. Real Madrid won at Real Valladolid last night to move just three points behind their neighbors in the city, meaning Barcelona could have been three points behind Los Blancos if they had won. When they play Osasuna tomorrow, Sevilla can now overtake Barcelona.
Barcelona 1 – 1 Cadiz
Goals: 1 – 0 Messi 32, 1-1 Fernandez 89
Bookings: Alejo, Jose Mari
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Dest, Pedri, Busquets, de Jong, Griezmann, Messi, Dembele
Substitutions: Pjanic, Puiq, Mingueza, Braithwaite, Trincao
Cadiz: Ledesma, Isaac, Fali, Marcos, Espino, Garrido, Sanchez Ponce, Sobrino, Perea, Izguierdo, Negredo
Substitutions: Jose Mari, Fernandez, Lozano, Jonsson, Alejo