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Leganes 2-1 Barcelona

Leganes won their first league game of the season
Leganes had picked up one point from five league games before facing Barca

Barcelona lost for the first time this season after bottom-of-the-table Leganes came from behind to pull off a sensational victory.

Philippe Coutinho had put Barca in front with a 20-yard volley but Nabil el Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez scored twice in just 68 seconds.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde lost for just the second time in La Liga since taking charge in the summer of 2017.

Leganes had just one point from five games going into the match.

But they stunned their illustrious opponents after the break, with Gerard Pique at fault for their second goal.

The defender inadvertently passed to Oscar, who is on loan from Real Madrid and slotted home the winner from 12 yards.

Barca had looked comfortable at 1-0, with Lionel Messi hitting the woodwork but they were shell-shocked by the two quick-fire goals.

The visitors never really looked like equalising, except for one brief spell when Ivan Cuellar's double save denied Philippe Coutinho's curler and Ivan Rakitic's follow-up.

Barcelona stay top of the table after Real Madrid lost 3-0 to Sevilla later on Wednesday - the first time both sides have lost a La Liga game on the same day since 2015.

"It's not a result that can be explained," said Valverde - whose side won the domestic double last season. "We found it hard to create chances, and they shut up shop at the back.

"It's not an easy moment. We weren't expecting this. But we have another important game on Saturday [against Athletic Bilbao] in front of our fans. We have to pick ourselves up and we'll need everyone's help to do that."

Leganes, meanwhile, climb to 17th in the table with their first victory of the season.

Line-ups

Leganés

  • 1Cuéllar
  • 2Moreno Fuertes
  • 28Tarín
  • 3BustinzaBooked at 49mins
  • 14García
  • 5Silva
  • 10El ZharSubstituted forNyomat 86'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 23VesgaSubstituted forMerinoat 82'minutes
  • 21PérezBooked at 40mins
  • 27RodríguezSubstituted forGumbauat 74'minutes
  • 26En-NesyriBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rolan
  • 6Gumbau
  • 9Carrillo
  • 12Nyom
  • 13Serantes
  • 18Merino
  • 20Santos

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 60mins
  • 24VermaelenBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAlbaat 70'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 7Coutinho
  • 10Messi
  • 19El HaddadiSubstituted forSuárezat 61'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forMalcomat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 8Arthur
  • 9Suárez
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Malcom
  • 18Alba
  • 22Vidal
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
11,407

Match Stats

Home TeamLeganésAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Leganés 2, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leganés 2, Barcelona 1.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Allan Nyom.

Booking

Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganés).

Attempt saved. Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganés) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Allan Nyom (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Coutinho (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan Nyom (Leganés).

Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Allan Nyom replaces Nabil El Zhar.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Sabin Merino (Leganés) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Sabin Merino replaces Mikel Vesga because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mikel Vesga (Leganés) because of an injury.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Rodrigo Tarín (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Iván Cuéllar.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Coutinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rodrigo Tarín.

Corner, Leganés. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gerard Gumbau (Leganés).

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Gerard Gumbau replaces Óscar Rodríguez.

Offside, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti tries a through ball, but Malcom is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Malcom replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Thomas Vermaelen.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jonathan Silva.

Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juanfran (Leganés).

Corner, Leganés. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt blocked. Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganés) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juanfran.

Booking

Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona).

Nabil El Zhar (Leganés) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Coutinho.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Juanfran.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 26th September 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona64111771013
2Real Madrid6411126613
3Atl Madrid632184411
4Sevilla6312136710
5Alavés531185310
6Espanyol631264210
7Celta Vigo623111929
8Villarreal62225328
9Real Sociedad62229908
10Girona522178-18
11Getafe52124407
12Eibar621357-27
13Ath Bilbao513179-26
14Real Betis513135-26
15Valencia605146-25
16Levante5113811-34
17Leganés6114611-54
18Rayo Vallecano5113512-74
19Huesca6114616-104
20Real Valladolid503235-23
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