Two of the world’s most revered groups have been shocked by relative minnows on Wednesday, with Barcelona and its Spanish rival Actual Madrid each falling in La Liga play.
Barca, which needed to accept a draw at residence final weekend, squandered an early Philippe Coutinho aim and misplaced 2-1 eventually place Leganes. That’s unhealthy, but it surely’s nothing in comparison with the indignity suffered by three-time defending UEFA Champions League winners Actual Madrid, who have been on the fallacious finish of a 3-0 mauling on the highway in opposition to Sevilla.
It marked the primary time each golf equipment — which between them have gained the final 5 Champions League titles and 6 of the final eight — misplaced on the identical day in virtually 4 years:
The titans have been much more dominant in home motion, combining for 13 of the final 14 Spanish crowns. Barcelona virtually went undefeated in 2017-18, struggling their solely loss on the ultimate day of the season.
Maybe the end result of Wednesday’s Barcelona-Leganes tilt might’ve been totally different had Lionel Messi doubled the guests’ first-half benefit somewhat than ship a curling shot off the submit. As a substitute, the match turned throughout a frantic two-minute stretch shortly after halftime.
First the hosts equalized on a Nabil El Zhar header. Moments after the restart, an errant clearance by veteran Barca defender Gerard Pique was ruthlessly punished by teenager Oscar Rodriguez Arnaiz, whose aim ended up being the winner when Ivan Rakitic and substitute Luis Suarez didn’t convert late probabilities.
Actual’s loss, alternatively, had little to do with luck. Seville took the lead within the seventeenth minute on a superbly labored play completed by Andre Silva and it by no means regarded again. Silva added a second simply 4 minutes after his opener, and Wissam Ben Yedder successfully killed the sport off by making it 3-0 earlier than the primary half was over.
Barcelona and Actual Madrid stay tied atop La Liga with 13 factors every. They sport similar 4-1-1 data, though Barca has the sting on aim distinction. The pair will meet for the primary time this season on Oct. 28.
Doug McIntyre covers soccer for Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.
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