A goal from Pedri in the 82nd minute and another from Ferran Torres in added time gave Barcelona the victory against Cádiz (2-0), in its debut in the Spanish LaLiga at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, where the Barça team had to sweat profusely to defeat the Andalusian team, who played a very serious game at the back and also had their chances to score.
Xavi Hernández, in the stands after being penalized for his expulsion in Getafe, solved Araujo’s loss due to injury by delaying the position of Frenkie de Jong to form a partner with Christensen in the axis of the rear and moving Koundé to the right side. And he bet on youngster Lamine Yamal to replace the suspended Raphinha at the far right.
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Lamine Yamal, who at 16 already stood out on the same stage in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Tottenham a few days ago, once again demonstrated his self-confidence and was the most prominent of the local offense in the first half.
There was little in Barcelona in the first half with few scoring opportunities. The second half looked the same way, the local domain was sterile, Cádiz felt more and more comfortable and it was less difficult for them to hurt their rival with quick transitions and nervousness began to appear in the Barça team.
Until Pedri’s magic appeared in minute 82. The canary grabbed a ball on the three-quarter line, threw a wall with Gündogan and launched himself to finish off the ball after infiltrating the rival defense and overtaking goalkeeper Ledesema.
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The final stretch had everything: a goal disallowed by Ansu Fati due to Lewandowski’s offside, a high shot by Machís inside the area in the last minute of regulation time that would have meant the tie and the finishing touch by Ferran Torres, in added time , with Cádiz already overturned to give Barcelona the first victory of this season.
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