Cadiz 0-1 Barcelona: Joao Felix scores overhead kick for much-changed visitors


Joao Felix scores opening goal for Barcelona with overhead kick at Cadiz in La Liga
Joao Felix’s brilliant overhead kick was his seventh La Liga goal of the season

Joao Felix scored a superb overhead kick as a much-changed Barcelona side battled to victory over relegation-threatened Cadiz in La Liga.

The Atletico Madrid loanee’s acrobatic effort put Barca in front late in the first half and it proved enough to secure three points for the visitors.

Victory leaves Xavi’s side second, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid who earlier won 1-0 at Mallorca.

The top two meet in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday.

With the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday looming, Xavi made eight changes to the Barcelona side with three teenagers – Pau Cubarsi, Hector Fort and Vitor Roque – included in the starting XI.

The changes led to a disjointed performance with few chances created in the first half prior to Joao Felix’s moment of magic.

After Marcos Alonso’s corner looped up off the head of a Cadiz defender, the 24-year-old forward flung himself into the air for a bicycle kick and, despite the close attention of two defenders, found the bottom corner.

Fermin Lopez nearly doubled the lead before the break but, with goalkeeper Conan Ledesma beaten, Victor Chust made a crucial goalline block.

Barcelona had chances to cement the win in the second half but, having failed to convert them, Cadiz almost to made them pay when substitute Diadie Samassekou’s thumping long-range strike drew a fantastic save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

But the away side held on to start a hugely important week in their season with a victory, while Cadiz stay 18th, three points from safety.

Line-ups

Cádiz

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ledesma
  • 20Carcelén
  • 24Ousou
  • 5ChustSubstituted forPires Silvaat 83′minutes
  • 15HernándezBooked at 64mins
  • 7Sobrino
  • 8FernándezSubstituted forSamassékouat 76′minutes
  • 4AlcarazBooked at 45mins
  • 27NavarroSubstituted forMachísat 77′minutes
  • 16RamosSubstituted forGómezat 52′minutes
  • 9JuanmiSubstituted forMartíat 76′minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 2Zaldúa
  • 3Jiménez Jarque
  • 6Samassékou
  • 11Alejo
  • 13Gil
  • 17Escalante
  • 18Machís
  • 19Guardiola
  • 21Martí
  • 22Meré
  • 25Gómez
  • 33Pires Silva

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter StegenBooked at 77mins
  • 39FortSubstituted forPedriat 62′minutes
  • 33CubarsíBooked at 26mins
  • 15ChristensenSubstituted forKoundéat 62′minutes
  • 17Alonso
  • 16LópezSubstituted forRaphinhaat 80′minutes
  • 18Romeu
  • 20RobertoBooked at 45mins
  • 7F Torres
  • 19Roque FerreiraSubstituted forYamalat 62′minutes
  • 14João FélixSubstituted forCasadóat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Araujo
  • 8Pedri
  • 11Raphinha
  • 13Peña Sotorres
  • 21F de Jong
  • 22Gündogan
  • 23Koundé
  • 26Astralaga
  • 27Yamal
  • 30Casadó
  • 38Guiu
  • 41Faye

Referee:
Juan Luis Pulido Santana

Attendance:
19,607

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