Barcelona, Real Madrid slump to shock defeats before El Clasico

Barcelona, Real Madrid slump to shock defeats before El Clasico

FC Barcelona fell to their first defeat in La Liga under new coach Ronald Koeman on Saturday.


Barcelona were beaten 1-0 at Getafe.


Getafe forward, Jaime Mata, sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way from the penalty spot; to score the only goal in the 56th minute. This was after Barcelona midfielder, Frankie de Jong, had been penalised for treading on the foot of Djene Dakonam.


Barcelona had played well in the first half. They almost took the lead when Lionel Messi thumped a shot against the post. Also, forward Antoine Griezmann missed an even clearer chance before halftime, blazing over when through on goal unchallenged.


Barcelona chased the game in the second half. However, they failed to find the back of the net. The defeat left Barcelona ninth in the standings with seven points after four games; a week before the ‘Clasico’ at home to Madrid.


Meanwhile, the loss followed champions, Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 defeat at home to Cadiz earlier on Saturday.


Madrid suffered the shock home loss to promoted Cadiz on Saturday; their first La Liga defeat in over seven months.


Honduran forward Anthony Lozano put Cadiz ahead in the 16th minute.


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BarcelonaThis was after he darted between Madrid defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane to meet a cushioned header from Alvaro Negredo, lifting the ball over keeper Thibaut Courtois into the net.


Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made four substitutions at halftime in a bid to turn the game around. He brought on Luka Jovic later on.


The Serbian striker soon put the ball in the net but saw his effort ruled out for a clear offside.


Vinicius Jr missed the target with a free header; while Karim Benzema struck the bar from the edge of the area.


Cadiz clung on to claim their first league win over Madrid since 1991; their first ever away win against them. The shock victory took Cadiz up to second in the league, level on 10 points with Madrid; who visit Barcelona next week in the ‘Clasico’.


“If you concede an early goal against a team like this you really struggle,” Madrid keeper Courtois said; after his team suffered their first league defeat at home in more than a year.


“The first half was very bad, we conceded two or three chances, we had a serious discussion at halftime and made a few changes but couldn’t find the goal because they were very organised and defended very well.


“We weren’t at our best today and if you aren’t at your best you can’t expect to win games.”




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