Barcelona: Barcelona and Real Madrid lose for the first time this season against a modest opposition in the Spanish league, which raises doubts about their stopped attacks before the start of the Champions League and their own ‘clásico’ match.
Barcelona had their first defeat under Ronald Koeman when they lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday, just after Madrid were beaten 1-0 at home by recently promoted Cádiz. The attacks of the star-powered European power stations appear to have been captivated by their opponents. While Getafe maintains its reputation as one of Spain’s leading defensive parties by closing down Barcelona, Madrid were sloppy and sluggish against an inspired Cádiz who is back in the top flight after 15 seasons.
Sevilla also lost before visiting Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving Atlético Madrid behind as the only one of Spain’s leading teams to celebrate a victory. It faces Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Barcelona did not have many chances, but they were good. Lionel Messi hit the upright in the 20th and Antoine Griezmann wasted a great chance on the half-hour mark.
After that, Getafe sharpened his mark and Barcelona did not threaten again until Djene Dakonam almost scored his own goal when he removed a cross on the crossbar. Jaime Mata struck a 30 meter free kick home 56 minutes into the match. 4 – 0 for the home team.
Griezmann’s fight continued for another match. French coach Didier Deschamps said last week that he did not understand why Koeman Griezmann was playing on the right instead of in the middle of the attack. Koeman tried to move Griezmann into a leading role at Getafe, but Griezmann helped his case with a conspicuous miss. He has remained pointless this season.
Zinedine Zidane was lost for his team’s performance against Cádiz. Led by 35-year-old striker Álvaro Negredo, Cádiz was more dangerous than Madrid, especially in the first half when the visitors were able to enter the interval with a two-goal lead.
Negredo set up Anthony Lozano to chip in the match’s only goal over Thibaut Courtois in the 16th. Sergio Ramos had already stopped a shot from Negredo, and Courtois saved several more times before the break. Karim Benzema had Madrid’s only good chance to equalize when he hit the crossbar with eight minutes left.
Luis Suárez scored an early goal to help Atlético win 2-0 at Celta Vigo and end the team’s points drought. Suárez made his debut for Diego Simeone’s side by appearing twice in Granada’s 6-1 series after joining Atlético from Barcelona. But since then, the Uruguay striker and his team-mates have been kept in a 0-0 deadlock against Huesca and Villarreal.
Granada beat Sevilla 1-0 with ten men after Yangel Herrera broke the deadlock with a header with eight minutes to go. Joan Jordan left Sevilla a man behind after two bookings for fouls at half-time of the first half.