At Barcelona, they were able to do business after Real Madrid’s defeat against modest Cadiz. With a win, it was level with leader Real, with one game less played.
But also for Messi and co it was a night to forget quickly: The first defeat of the season under coach Ronald Koeman.
The Frenchman Antoine Griezmann played another weak match, but half an hour before time was given the opportunity to take off his invisibility cloak. He didn’t, Griezmann missed the chance for Barcelona to score. Moments later, Lionel Messi also did the same.
Then Jaime Mata decided the game for the home team. With the first and only goal of the evening (from the dot) he won a golden three-pointer from the visitors.
In the standings, the team of coach Ronald Koeman, with four games on the counter, is in ninth place with seven points. Real Madrid is in the lead with ten points from five matches. Getafe and Granada also count ten points from five matches. Cadiz (6 games) is the fourth team in the lead.