Cadiz vs Barcelona: Blaugrana squeeze past Yellow Submarines to keep pace with Real Madrid

Cadiz vs Barcelona: Blaugrana squeeze past Yellow Submarines to keep pace with Real Madrid

Faruq Ibrahim 23:12 - 13.04.2024

Barcelona continue their unbeaten run in the league with a hard-fought victory over Cadiz.

Barcelona, fielding a second-string side, did enough to get past Cadiz, beating them 1-0 to keep up with Real Madrid in the title race.

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How it happened

In a test of their squad depth following a thrilling midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona faced a formidable challenge against Cádiz. The passionate home crowd spurred on the hosts, who wasted no time in launching attacks from the outset.

The early exchanges saw both sides creating chances, with Javi Hernández and Juanmi testing Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

Despite Cádiz's early pressure, Barcelona gradually found their rhythm and began to assert control. Conan Ledesma denied Héctor Fort's dangerous cross, serving as a warning to the hosts. Barcelona capitalized on their momentum with a stunning goal, as Félix executed a spectacular overhead kick from Marcos Alonso's corner to break the deadlock.

As the first half progressed, Barcelona continued to press for a second goal, with Víctor Chust making a crucial goal-line clearance to deny Fermín López. The visitors maintained their dominance into the second half, with Juanmi's effort ruled offside and Chust coming close with a header. Although Barcelona had opportunities to extend their lead, they were unable to find the back of the net.

In the closing stages, Cádiz pushed for an equaliser, but Ter Stegen remained composed, making a crucial save to preserve Barcelona's lead. The Blaugrana's defence held firm until the final whistle, securing a clean sheet and their sixth consecutive league win.

Despite the narrow margin of victory, Barcelona's performance showcased the resilience of their squad, providing optimism for the remainder of the season under manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

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