Robert Lewandowski got here off the bench to attain one and make one other as Barcelona beat Cadiz 4-0 on Saturday in a sport that was delayed by over 50 minutes due to a medical emergency within the stands.
Barca have been 2-0 up with 10 minutes to play when the game was halted after a supporter suffered an obvious coronary heart assault. Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma and substitute Jose Mari helped get a defibrillator and a stretcher to the supporter, who was later transported to a hospital. Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino confirmed the fan’s situation was “steady” and the match ultimately restarted.
Prior to that, Frenkie de Jong had given Barca the lead together with his first purpose of the season, earlier than Lewandowski made it two from shut vary. Lewandowski then arrange the third for Ansu Fati after the restart, with Ousmane Dembele including the fourth in stoppage time.
1. Lewandowski stars once more as Barca make it 5 wins in a row
Lewandowski cannot cease scoring. He wanted simply eight minutes after approaching instead towards Cadiz to attain his ninth purpose of the season, these targets coming in simply six appearances. He then confirmed energy and energy to tee up Ansu for Barca’s third purpose.
Barca have been already within the lead when Lewandowski got here on within the 57th minute, however solely simply. They had struggled to interrupt down a Cadiz aspect that also have not scored this season, till De Jong’s opener within the fifty fifth minute. The Dutch midfielder’s first purpose since February got here after good work from Gavi, and the purpose additionally arrived with Lewandowski, Dembele and Pedri stripped on the sideline and able to come on.
Despite the purpose, Xavi caught together with his determination to convey the trio on, and it did not take Barca lengthy to complete the sport off from there.
Barca have now received 5 matches in a row in all competitions and briefly sit prime of LaLiga forward of Real Madrid‘s sport towards Mallorca on Sunday. What will please Xavi is how they’re discovering other ways to win. They have struggled to interrupt down groups that sit deep towards them beneath Xavi — that they had solely received two of the final six matches they have been drawing on the break earlier than Saturday — however they discovered a manner by on the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
Next up is a visit to his former membership, Bayern Munich, within the Champions League on Tuesday.
2. Nine modifications with Bayern in thoughts, however probabilities not taken
Lewandowski, Dembele and Pedri have been all on the bench as a result of Xavi picked his aspect with Bayern in thoughts. Barca made 9 modifications to the crew that beat Viktoria Plzen 5-1 within the Champions League in midweek, and it informed in a disjointed first-half efficiency.
There was a debut for Hector Bellerin, who did OK at right-back and helped arrange the second purpose, and we noticed a primary begin of the season for Gerard Pique in defence. In assault, there have been probabilities for Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay to stake their declare for extra common soccer.
However, each flattered to deceive and have been taken off early within the second half for Lewandowski and Dembele. Ferran will get extra probabilities as he comes again from an damage that sidelined him in preseason, however Memphis won’t be so fortunate. The Dutch ahead almost left in the summertime, however ultimately caught round because the sixth-choice ahead after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s transfer to Chelsea.
3. Cadiz’s Barca run over, relegation threatens
The final thing a crew which are backside of the league and not using a level or a purpose in 4 video games usually needs is a go to from Barca. Cadiz, although, may have been forgiven for welcoming a sport towards Xavi’s males.
Since they returned to LaLiga in 2020, that they had not misplaced to Barca, beating them twice and drawing twice, scoring 4 targets and conceding simply two. But that run ended on Saturday and Sergio Gonzalez’s aspect, even at this early stage of the season, look in bother.
Cadiz have misplaced all 5 of their LaLiga fixtures so far, failing to attain a single purpose and conceding 12 within the course of. It can’t be understated how necessary Friday’s journey to Real Valladolid is — for them and for Gonzalez’s future.
Cadiz (4-2-3-1): Jeremias Ledesma 7; Joseba Zaldua 6, Luis Hernandez 6, Mamadou Mbaye 6, Alfonso Espino 5; Alex 5, Fede 5; Ivan Alejo 6, Ruben Sobrino 6, Brian Ocampo 6; Lucas Perez 6.
Subs: Theo Bongonda 6, Awer Mabil 6, Tomas Alarcon 6, Ruben Alcaraz 6, Alvaro Negredo 6.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6; Hector Bellerin 6, Ronald Araujo 6, Gerard Pique 6, Alex Balde 7; Frenkie de Jong 7, Sergio Busquets 6, Gavi 8; Raphinha 7, Memphis Depay 5, Ferran Torres 5.
Subs: Marcos Alonso 6, Pedri 6, Robert Lewandowski 8, Ansu Fati 6, Ousmane Dembele 7.
Best and worst performers
BEST: Gavi, Barcelona
There have been a couple of respectable performances on Saturday. Alejandro Balde did nicely at left-back, De Jong produced maybe his finest show of the season and Lewandowski was sensible off the bench, however Gavi stood out together with his vitality and high quality, and he additionally helped arrange the opening purpose.
WORST: Memphis Depay, Barcelona
It’s not straightforward coming into the aspect for minutes right here and there, however that is the state of affairs Memphis finds himself and there may be stress to ship at Barca when an opportunity comes your manner. He didn’t step up at Cadiz.
Highlights and notable moments
What a second for De Jong, eh? His first purpose since February has clearly been well worth the wait.
FRENKIE DE JONG SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON FOR BARÇA 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Ez90zSEphd
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 10, 2022
Then got here the sudden stoppage resulting from a medical emergency within the crowd. Thanks to some swift actions, the fan’s situation was stabilized.
What a photograph. Cádiz keeper Conan Ledesma catching a defibrillator earlier than racing throughout handy it to the emergency companies who have been attending to the fan who had collapsed within the crowd. https://t.co/X8X7B58EYW
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) September 10, 2022
Barcelona acknowledged as a lot after the match, noting that the end result wasn’t the principle factor to remove from Saturday.
Today, there have been extra necessary issues than soccer. pic.twitter.com/MMwjN6KzLD
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 10, 2022
After the match: What the managers, gamers stated
“[The medical emergency] was not a pleasant state of affairs for anybody. Health and other people’s lives all the time come earlier than anything. Luckily they have been capable of revive the particular person and they’re wholesome and secure. We felt, each groups, that it was proper to restart the sport. We hope the supporter recovers shortly. The sport is secondary in the meanwhile, however it was an necessary win at a troublesome place to return. We created quite a lot of probabilities, dominated the sport and it is three factors to be in contact on the prime of the desk.” — Barca coach Xavi
“Obviously we’re all affected by what occurred. Hopefully it was only a scare in the long run. Football is for folks to take pleasure in themselves. It is a privilege to have the supporters now we have, there have been an instance of humanity throughout what occurred — as have been the Barcelona followers. As the captain of the ship, like on the Titanic, I’ve to be the final to leap. LaLiga is unforgiving. We have scored zero targets and have zero factors. But now we have to choose ourselves up. We must do away with the dangerous sensations.” — Cadiz coach Sergio Gonzalez
Key Stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Information)
Lewandowski: Nine targets previously 5 video games, his most in a five-game span with golf equipment since August-September 2021 (all comps). During this streak, Lewandowski has scored 9 targets from 20 pictures (16 SOG), totaling 4.98 xG
Lewandowski: Becomes the fifth totally different Barcelona participant since 2009-10 to attain in 5 straight matches throughout all competitions. In that span, Lionel Messi did it 22 separate occasions, Luis Suárez six occasions, Neymar thrice and Pedro as soon as
Lewandowski: Has scored six targets in 5 LaLiga video games, making him the quickest participant to achieve that determine within the competitors within the twenty first century (André Silva scored six targets in his first six video games for Sevilla in 2018)
Lewandowski: Entered the sport within the 57th minute. This was his nineteenth profession league purpose instead (Poland, Germany or Spain).
Lewandowski: Assisted Barcelona’s last two targets. It was the fifth time since 2017 he has had a membership sport of two assists and a minimum of one purpose (all comps)
Ansu Fati: twenty first profession purpose for Barcelona (eight of them have been instead)
De Jong: First purpose for Barcelona since Feb. 22 (Europa League vs. Napoli)
Cadiz: LaLiga’s backside membership aren’t going to search out the going any simpler within the coming week, with a must-win journey to Real Valladolid (9/16, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+) forward earlier than the two-week worldwide break. Can they lastly break their dismal run?
Barcelona: Xavi’s aspect have two video games this week forward of the two-week worldwide break. First up is a tricky journey to Bayern Munich within the UEFA Champions League (Tuesday), adopted by the go to of struggling Elche (9/17, 10.30 a.m. ET, ESPN+) in LaLiga. Can they shut the hole on Real Madrid?