Register Login Live

LaLiga

Barca Suffer First Defeat Of The Season

Spanish LaLiga 

Result: Leganes 2-1 FC Barcelona 

Date: 26 September 2018

Venue: Butarque

LaLiga champions FC Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the season, after going down 2-1 to Leganes on Wednesday evening.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic returned to the line-up after starting on the bench over the weekend.

The decision paid off for Ernesto Valverde, as Coutinho put Barca ahead after 12 minute with a superb volley that sailed into the bottom corner.

Lionel Messi almost doubled the lead minutes later, but the Argentine saw his curling effort crash against the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten.

After a lull in the half, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was called upon before the break as he produced two good saves in the final five minutes to deny Youssef En-Neysri and Oscar Rodriguez.

The game turned on it's in the 51st minute when Nabil El Zhar got ahead of Thomas Vermaelen and powered home a header from close range.

Leganes then took the lead two minutes later as Pique's poor clearance landed at the feet of Oscar Rodriguez, who fired home with only Ter Stegen to beat.

Valverde responded with a double substitution, as Ousmane Dembele and Vermaelen made way for Jordi Alba and Malcom for the 20 minutes of the game.

Leganes goalkeeper Iván Cuéllar ensured the hosts walked away with three points, as he pulled off a couple crucial saves to deny Coutinho and Rakitic in the final 10 minutes.

AmaZulu Aim To Maintain Form

Do Sundowns Need To Add More Cover In Their Centre-Back Position?

Struggling Man Utd Eliminated By Championship Outfit

African Star Scores Again As Man City Advance In League Cup

31 comments

Top 5

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

26 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

123 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

8 Pirates Players At Risk Of Missing Crucial Downs Clash

27 Apr 13, 2021 04:01 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Ball Boy That CR7 Gave Shirt To Will Be Punished

9 Apr 14, 2021 10:27 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

15 Ex-Downs Stars Who've Simply Just Disappeared

5 Apr 15, 2021 08:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

26 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mngqithi Compares Downs Star To World's Best Midfielders

164 Apr 15, 2021 09:27 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

20 Chiefs Players Who Moved Overseas

5 Apr 14, 2021 08:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Benni’s Usuthu Compensation

17 Apr 14, 2021 12:51 PM in Bafana

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

'Its A Privilege' - Mabaso Honours Late Ex-Pirates Star

1 Apr 13, 2021 01:01 PM in Orlando Pirates