Sergi Roberto and Robert Lewandowski scored for LaLiga leaders Barcelona just before halftime, giving them a 2-0 home win over lowly Cadiz on Sunday as they try to win their 27th Spanish title. Barcelona hasn’t lost in 18 games across all competitions.
On Sunday, they won their seventh straight LaLiga game, putting pressure on rivals Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday. Barça is in first place in LaLiga with 59 points, eight more than second-placed Real and 16 more than third-placed Real Sociedad.
When leading by eight points or more, Barcelona has never lost a title race. Cadiz is 17th with 22 points, two more than Valencia in the relegation zone. They have won five of their 22 league games so far this season. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Europa League playoff, manager Xavi Hernandez made six changes to his starting lineup.
But his team didn’t show any signs of slowing down. At the Camp Nou stadium, the game was mostly one-sided.
LaLiga leaders Barcelona beat Cadiz 2-0
Barca never looked like they would give up control, even though their opponents had a few chances to score, including two goals that were called back and two shots that hit the post.
“Scoring twice before halftime gave us a comfortable lead and pretty much made sure we would win,” Xavi told Movistar Plus. “The first half went well, and I’m happy with it, but we slowed down after halftime. “The team might have been a little tired, but we’re happy because we kept our eight-point lead at the top of the standings.” Cadiz started out attacking well, and Roger Marti scored a goal that was ruled out because he was offside.
However, Barcelona took control, led by a great performance from Ferran Torres, who had three chances to score before he helped set up Roberto’s goal. In the 43rd minute, Torres dribbled past three defenders and crossed the ball. Roberto scored with his first touch after Lewandowski’s diving header hit the post. Lewandowski scored a low shot from just inside the box right before halftime to give Barcelona a bigger lead.
In the 57th minute, the Polish forward almost scored again, but his shot hit the crossbar. Then Barca took their foot off the gas, which gave Cadiz chances. Another goal by Marti was taken away because of a foul, and both Christopher Ramos de la Flor and Choco Lozano hit the post.