Barcelona – the defending champion – today, Sunday, achieved its first victory in the Spanish Football League, after defeating its guest, Cadiz, in the second round of the competition, in a match that took place at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, which temporarily hosts the team’s matches until the completion of the ongoing work in Camp Nou.
The Catalan team started the competition with a goalless draw outside its stadium against Getafe last week, in which its coach Xavi and Brazilian player Rafinha lost due to expulsion, and thus they missed today’s match against Cadiz.
Barcelona raised its score to 4 points in fourth place temporarily, while Real Madrid and Valencia lead the standings after winning the first two rounds.
Barcelona advanced with Pedri’s goal, which came after a clever pass from German Ilkay Gundogan in the 82nd minute.
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Substitute Ferran Torres confirmed his team’s victory after the ball reached him with a header from Poland’s Robert Lewandowski from the middle of the field, penetrating into the area and inhabiting the net in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Coach Xavi Hernandez put 16-year-old Al-Amin Jamal on the right corridor instead of Rafinha.
Jamal, who started for the first time with his team, had the best opportunity in the first half after a shot from the corner was cleared by Argentine goalkeeper Jeremiah Ledesma.