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FC Barcelona, Real Madrid suffer defeat; Manchester United win

Zinedine Zidane

Getafe (Spain), Oct. 17, 2020

FC Barcelona fell to their first defeat in La Liga under new coach Ronald Koeman as they lost 0-1 at Getafe on Saturday.

Getafe forward, Jaime Mata, sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way from the penalty spot to score the only goal in the 56th minute.

This was after FC Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, had been penalised for treading on the foot of Djene Dakonam.

FC Barcelona had played well in the first half and almost took the lead when Lionel Messi thumped a shot against the post.

Antoine Griezmann missed an even clearer chance before halftime, blazing over when through on goal unchallenged.

Their loss followed Spanish champions, Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 defeat at home to Cadiz earlier on Saturday.

lt also left FC Barcelona ninth in the standings with seven points after four games, a week before the ‘Clasico’ at home to Madrid.

Honduran forward Anthony Lozano put Cadiz ahead in the 16th minute.

This was after he darted between Madrid defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane to meet a cushioned header from Alvaro Negredo and lifting the ball over keeper Thibaut Courtois into the net.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made four substitutions at halftime in a bid to turn the game around and brought on Luka Jovic later on.

The Serbian striker soon put the ball in the net but saw his effort ruled out for a clear offside.

Vinicius Jr missed the target with a free header, while Karim Benzema struck the bar from the edge of the area.

Cadiz clung on to claim their first league win over Madrid since 1991 and their first ever away win against them.

The shock victory took Cadiz up to second in the league, level on 10 points with Madrid, who visit Barcelona next week in the ‘Clasico’.

“If you concede an early goal against a team like this you really struggle,” Madrid keeper Courtois said after his team suffered their first league defeat at home in more than a year.

“The first half was very bad, we conceded two or three chances, we had a serious discussion at halftime and made a few changes but couldn’t find the goal because they were very organised and defended very well.

“We weren’t at our best today and if you aren’t at your best you can’t expect to win games.”

Zidane had hinted at rotating his squad for the match but fielded a strong team, not withstanding injuries to defenders Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and forward Eden Hazard.

He took off captain Sergio Ramos at halftime and the defender was seen icing his knee as he watched on from the stands.

Madrid wearing an unfamiliar pink jersey in spite playing at home, tried in vain to break down Cadiz, who are back in the top flight for the first time in 14 years.
“This is a historic win and we want to celebrate it,” said match-winner Lozano.

However, Bruno Fernandes made amends for a missed penalty with a late strike as Manchester United thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday for their second Premier League win of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got off to the worst possible start when the ball deflected off Luke Shaw for an own goal in the second minute.

But United captain Harry Maguire put his side level from a corner in the 23rd minute.

Fernandes, who missed from the spot after Marcus Rashford was fouled, made no mistake in the 86th minute when he finished off a superb flowing counter attack by lashing the ball into the top corner to give his side the lead.

Newcastle crumbled in the final minutes as Aaron Wan-Bissaka scored his first senior goal in stoppage time and Rashford added a fourth.

Manchester United are 14th on six points, while Newcastle are 11th on seven points.

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