De Jong sees red in goalless Barca-Cadiz draw


Barcelona had another disappointing result on Thursday night, being held to a 0-0 draw with Cadiz in a match at the Nuevo Mirandilla.

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Ronald Koeman came into the game under pressure after a stuttering start to the season, with Barca president Joan Laporta saying on Thursday that he supported the Dutch coach while adding that results need to improve or action would be taken.

Unfortunately for Koeman and Barca, a lacklustre first half saw the Catalans fashion few legitimate chances despite dominating possession before going into the dressing room locked in a goalless draw.

Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called into action just after the restart, diving high and to his right to parry away a deft, outside-of-the-foot shot from Alvaro Negredo.

Memphis Depay saw a good chance saved by Cadiz keeper Jeremias Ledesma soon after, his well-struck, left-footed shot blocked by the goalie as it was headed for the back of the net.

Frenkie de Jong was shown a pair of yellow cards inside of five minutes after the hour for two clumsy tackles, with the Netherlands international forced to leave the pitch and leave Barca to finish the match with 10 men.

Memphis had a bad miss in second-half stoppage time, firing wide of the far post after being played in by Gerard Pique with no one to beat but the keeper.

Barcelona, who drew 1-1 against Getafe on Monday, are now in 7th place in LaLiga with nine points and a game in hand over most of the teams above them in Spain.

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