European roundup: Barcelona held at home by Cádiz, Leipzig cut Bayern’s lead

Barcelona’s bad week continued after a late penalty earned Cádiz a point at Camp Nou, cancelling out Lionel Messi’s own first-half spot-kick in a 1-1 draw.

Messi marked his record 506th La Liga appearance for Barcelona by opening the scoring with a 32nd-minute penalty, awarded after Pedri had been tripped by the Cádiz winger Iza.

Ronald Koeman went with the same starting XI that had been thrashed 4-1 at home by Paris Saint-Germain last week, but they failed to build on their lead and paid the price when Clément Lenglet gave away a late penalty.

The French defender was penalised for striking the Cádiz forward Ruben Sobrino as he tried to clear the ball in the 89th minute. Thne midfielder Fernández made no mistake from the spot to end Barça’s run of seven successive league wins.

“It is disappointing,” Koeman said after the match. “These types of games have to be won and we did not. It was a great opportunity lost after the loss of Atlético. I am very disappointed, more so than on Tuesday. We could not afford to let two points get away.

“I don’t like to blame individual players but we were not up to the task offensively and we have to defend differently. For our quality, we had to win. You leave the door open for them to draw at the end if you don’t kill the game and score the second.”

The draw leaves Koeman’s side eight points behind the La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid, who were beaten at home by Levante on Saturday. Elsewhere, Real Sociedad bounced back from Europa League defeat by Manchester United as Alexander Isak’s hat-trick set up a 4-0 home win against Alavés. The bottom club Huesca boosted their survival hopes with a 3-2 victory against Granada.

In the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig have cut the gap to the leaders Bayern Munich to just two points with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Hertha Berlin. Marcel Sabitzer put the visitors in front after 28 minutes with a long-range rocket, with Nordi Mukiele pouncing on a mistake by Hertha’s Matteo Guendouzi to double Leipzig’s lead in the second half. Continue reading

Haitian Times

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The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 22, 2021

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