FC Barcelona surged to the top of La Liga albeit temporarily, following an emphatic 4-0 win away at Cadiz CF on Saturday.
The opening half saw the Catalans dominate possession but could not break the deadlock, as the first half ended goalless.
Xavi Hernandez’s side duly opened the scoring through Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the 55th minute, while Polish attacker Robert Lewandowski who came on as a substitute, struck in the 65th minute to double the Catalans advantage and also increased his tally in La Liga to six goals.
There was a delay late on in the second half, as play was halted by the center referee due to a medical emergency – as a fan suffered a heart attack.
Upon resumption of play, substitute Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele added further goals as the Catalans ran riot to record a 4-0 win.
Victory puts Barcelona in confidence mode, ahead of their second group Stage match in the UEFA Champions League against German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in midweek.
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FULL-TIME: Cadiz 0-4 FC Barcelona
90′ MIN: Ousmane Dembele puts gloss on the scoreline as he slots in a fourth for the visitors.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Cadiz 0-4 FC Barcelona (O. Dembele)
86′ MIN: Ansu Fati adds a third off an assist from Robert Lewandowski.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Cadiz 0-3 FC Barcelona (A. Fati)
65′ MIN: Raphinha’s cutback was met by de Jong again, Ledesma saves leaving the ball just waiting a couple of yards out in front of an empty goal. Lewandowski beats the defender to it.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Cadiz 0-2 FC Barcelona (R. Lewandowski)
55′ MIN: Gavi’s cross into the box is intercepted by the goalkeeper but Frenkie de Jong is there to poke home from close range.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Cadiz 0-1 FC Barcelona (F. De Jong)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY: Cadiz 0-0 FC Barcelona
HALF-TIME: Cadiz 0-0 FC Barcelona
KICK-OFF: Cadiz 0-0 FC Barcelona
Barca manager Xavi Hernandez has made several tweaks in his starting line-up, as he puts an eye on his team’s UEFA Champions League Group Stage encounter against German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich next week. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is in the substitutes bench, while Dutchman Memphis Depay and Ferran Torres will lead the frontline.
Cadiz’s starting line-up which will take on FC Barcelona, as they look to get their first goals and first points of the new season.