MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid and Barcelona suffered a Saturday of surprises against distant rivals of their prestige in Spain, where La Liga resumed after the break for the FIFA date.
The champion was shipwrecked against a team that had never defeated him at home. The meringues had no solutions to the dilemmas posed by Cádiz, who gave him his first defeat of the tournament, 1-0.
A couple of hours later, Barcelona suffered the same fate, losing 1-0 on their visit to Getafe.
For Cádiz, Honduran striker Anthony Lozano made a great play, with a smooth and pumped shot as he headed for the goal, to open the account of the newly promoted at 16 minutes.
“We knew that, despite the fact that Madrid is one of the best teams in the world, we were going to have a chance and we knew how to take advantage of one and then we had to suffer a lot,” said “Choco” Lozano.
Madrid remained at the top for now with 10 points and a pending duel. With the same amount, Cádiz remained as 3rd for the 6th round.
“Right now it’s hard to explain. We have to analyze the game internally and then we will see things ”, commented merengue goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The target of “Choco” crowned a brilliant start for the visitors in the field of the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in the sports city of Valdebebas, home of the meringues throughout the pandemic.
The dominance paid off when the Central American received a header from Álvaro Negredo and headed for the goal to score with a Vaseline.
The poor performance of Madrid forced the French strategist Zinedine Zidane to send four substitutions for the complement, including the Brazilian Casemiro and the Uruguayan Federico Valverde, to whom he had given start rest for the calls with their teams on the FIFA date.
The Frenchman Karim Benzema ran with bad luck in search of the equalizer when he took a shot from the half moon that crashed on the crossbar at 80.
Cádiz had not defeated Madrid as a visitor in its history in 16 official duels before this one; The last time they met was in January 2006 (Real Madrid won 3-1) and the last point they had rescued in the merengue field was in the 1991-1992 campaign.
The poor performance of the whites comes a few days after they appear in the new edition of the Champions League against the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, and a week after the first league classic against Barcelona.
THE BARÇA FALLS TO THE GETAFE
Jaime Mata converted a penalty with which Getafe gave the surprise and beat Barcelona 1-0, inoperative for most of the game.
Mata scored after Dutchman Frenkie de Jong’s foul on Togolese Dakonam Djene at 56. Barça suffered their first defeat of the season and stalled with seven points in 9th position; Getafe climbed to 2nd place with 10 points.
“We take a loss from here. We had a good first half and we had a chance or another, but we knew it was going to be difficult, it was going to be tough, “analyzed Barça midfielder Sergio Busquets. “Once at 1-0 they felt comfortable behind the ball.”
Pedro González “Pedri”, 17 years old, was the most relevant for the Catalans, generating dangerous actions before the break. In his boots an approach was born in which the American Sergiño Dest gave the ball to the arrival of Argentine star Lionel Messi, who hit a post at 19.
Getafe pressed in an action in which the ball was pumped to the left side of the area, where Djene received the reload from De Jong who was marked as a penalty to take the advantage.
Colombian Juan Camilo Hernández had the options to ensure victory, first with a shot that the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto deflected when he was aiming for the goal and crashed on the crossbar at 83. Five minutes later he was frank before the goal and took a shot above. At the comeback Djene came close to committing an own goal with a header that hit the crossbar.
With this result, Getafe ended a nine-year streak without beating the Catalans at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum (1-0, on November 26, 2011).
Barcelona must now prepare their first Champions League match against the Hungarian team Ferencváros and then face the meringues in the classic.
SUÁREZ MARK AND ATHLETIC WINS
With his first shot on goal, Luis Suárez ended a long fast of goals for Atlético de Madrid in La Liga.
The Uruguayan striker celebrated his third goal as a mattress player in the 2-0 away win against Celta de Vigo.
Suárez sent a left-handed cross shot to the nets in the first dangerous action, at six minutes, when he unmarked in the area and received a delayed pass from Manu Sánchez to break the zero.
Belgian Yannick Carrasco sealed the win with a header, after taking advantage of a rebound to a shot by Portuguese Joao Félix that crashed into the crossbar in discount.
The mattress team climbed to the 5th position with eight units and a couple of pending duels; the Galician team stacked their third setback to stagnate with five points in 13th place.
“The important thing is that it was won, in the end suffering, but it was won and we got the three points which was what we wanted to do,” said Suárez.
Suárez returned well tuned after playing the World Cup qualifying games and for the first time since his arrival at Atlético he played at the top with Diego Costa, who came out of the complement due to injury.
Suárez’s third goal in the course ended a two-game streak in which the colchoneros signed equalized paths without goals against Huesca and Villarreal.
Celta was slow to recover. He wasted good chances to equalize, including one in which Sergio Carreira reached the area and took a right hand that crashed into the post at 25.
For the rojiblancos, Frenchman Thomas Lemar was close to scoring an Olympic goal with a corner kick that hit the crossbar at 31.
In the first bars of the complement the combination in the rojiblanco attack created danger when Costa overflowed on the left and sent a great pass to Suárez, who finished over the goal.
In the action Costa suffered a new discomfort in his left thigh, which forced him to ask for his replacement through tears. Last season, the Brazilian-born forward missed 17 games in all competitions due to injuries.
With this result, Argentine strategist Diego Simeone celebrated his 200th victory on the rojiblanco bench in league duels.
THE SEVILLE STOPS IN GRANADA
Venezuelan Yangel Herrera sent a header to the nets with which Granada beat Sevilla 1-0, which suffered its first setback of the season.
With Herrera’s target at 82 minutes, Granada reached 10 points to be third with a pending duel. The Andalusian team stayed in 9th position with seven points and a couple of games to play to catch up.