‘Goodbye to the league as well?’ Barcelona slammed by Spanish papers for conceding ‘unforgivable’ late equaliser in shock draw with Cadiz just days after Champions League thrashing by PSG
- Barcelona conceded an 89th-minute goal as they were held by lowly Cadiz
- The 1-1 draw on Sunday put another massive dent in their LaLiga title hopes
- Ronald Koeman’s team are now eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid
- They could drop to fourth in the standings if Sevilla win on Monday evening
- The papers called Clement Lenglet’s concession of late penalty ‘unforgivable’
- Draw came just days after humiliation of 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona’s chances of winning the LaLiga title are over – at least according to the Spanish newspapers.
Just days after that 4-1 Champions League thrashing by Paris Saint-Germain, Barca were held to a draw at home by lowly Cadiz after conceding an 89th-minute equaliser.
It meant that despite Lionel Messi’s penalty, they were unable to capitalise on leaders Atletico Madrid unexpectedly losing at home to Levante on Saturday.
‘Unforgivable’: That was the consensus in the Spanish papers as Barcelona dropped two points at the death in a 1-1 draw with Cadiz on Sunday, potentially ending their LaLiga title hopes
A late penalty for Cadiz saw the LaLiga minnows steal a point at the Nou Camp on Sunday
The draw left Barcelona eight points adrift of leaders Atletico and Sevilla cane overtake them if they win at Osasuna on Monday
Ronald Koeman’s side are consequently third in the table, some eight points adrift of Atletico, with second-placed Real Madrid the only realistic challengers now.
‘Goodbye also the league?’ asked Marca on Monday’s front page, which featured a despairing Messi after Alex Fernandez converted a last-minute penalty to steal a point for Cadiz from their only shot on target in the game.
Having failed to win any silverware last season, a repeat is now a realistic possibility.
As well as their deficit in the league and in their Champions League last-16 tie after Kylian Mbappe’s brilliance last week, Barca also trail Sevilla 2-0 after the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
‘Barcelona bring themselves down’ said AS, who also point out that Sevilla will bump them down to fourth place if they win at Osasuna on Monday night.
‘Goodbye to the league?’ Marca questioned whether the result puts paid to their title bid
‘Barca bring themselves down’ said Diario AS after Cadiz snatched an unlikely late point
Mundo Deportivo and Sport concurred that dropping two points in such a fashion against 14th-placed Cadiz was ‘unforgivable’.
The former described the actions of defender Clement Lenglet as ‘naive’ in conceding the penalty by fouling Ruben Sobrino and said Barca should have been able to see the game out.
Sport, which featured a picture of the fatal moment referee Juan Martinez Munuera pointed to the spot, to Lenglet’s horror, described the defender’s actions as ‘absurd’.
Barcelona at least have a quick chance to atone when they host Elche on Wednesday night before a visit to Sevilla on Saturday.
Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead with a penalty but they couldn’t see the game out
Mundo Deportivo also described the late slip up as ‘unforgivable’ as Barca slipped eight points behind Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga title race
Then comes the return leg of that cup semi-final, at the Nou Camp, on March 3, while the second leg of the Champions League tie with PSG is on March 10.
Unlike in 2017, when Barca miraculously rescued a 4-0 first leg deficit against the French side with a thrilling 6-1 win at home, you suspect this time there is little hope of progression.
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