Barcelona players react after Cadiz scored their first goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP Photo/ Joan Monfort)


Barcelona’s slim hopes for the Spanish league title have all but ended after losing to Cadiz 1-0 at home on Monday in a match marred by protesting fans.

Fans were upset in Barcelona, ​​allowing Eintracht Frankfurt supporters to take over the Camp Nou stadium in a Europa League game last week.

The first-ever home defeat to relegation-threatened Cadiz left Barcelona 15 points behind league leaders Real Madrid with six rounds to go. The Catalan club, sitting in second place, are one game short but time is running out in their quest to win the league for the first time in three seasons.

Upset by the high number of Frankfurt fans at the Camp Nou on Thursday, one of Barcelona’s main supporter groups left a section of the stadium empty behind one of the goals on Monday.

Only around 5,000 tickets were sold to visiting fans for Thursday’s match, but almost 30,000 traveled to Camp Nou to watch their side defeat the Catalan club and progress to the European semi-finals.

Barcelona officials had previously said the club would investigate how so many Frankfurt supporters were able to purchase tickets from sections reserved for Barcelona supporters.

Cadiz, who moved two points out of the relegation zone, secured the winner through Lucas Pérez in the 48th minute. He had won just one of his last four league matches, but did not lose to Barcelona in the competition in four consecutive matches.

Prior to defeats to Eintracht and Cadiz, Barcelona were unbeaten in 15 consecutive matches in all competitions.

Making his 674th appearance for Barcelona, ​​Sergio Busquets tied Andrés Iniesta for third with the club, behind Xavi Hernandez’s 767 and Lionel Messi’s 778.

Barcelona were without playmaker Pedri González and defender Gerard Piqué through injuries, while defender Ronald Araújo was suspended.

Barcelona next visit sixth-placed Real Sociedad on Thursday.


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