Barcelona shrugged off their off-field woes to register yet another victory, extending their winning streak in the Spanish league to seven matches.The Catalan giants defeated Cadiz 2-0 on Sunday to increase their lead over second-place Real Madrid to eight points.
Goals from Sergi Roberto and Robert Lewandowski, both scored late in the first half, sealed the victory for Barcelona. Despite a lackluster second half, the Blaugrana managed to hold on to their lead and secure their 17th clean sheet of the season.
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Speaking after the game, Barcelona coach Xavi praised his team’s performance, saying, “We played well in the first half. There was a bit of a letdown in the second, but it was expected. We have been playing a lot, the team is tired.”
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The match came just after news broke that Barcelona is under investigation for their payment of millions of dollars to a company owned by the vice president of the Spanish federation’s refereeing committee. Despite the off-field distractions, Barcelona showed their class on the pitch.
Roberto opened the scoring in the 43rd minute with a well-placed shot from the middle of the area. Lewandowski, who had gone scoreless in his previous three matches in all competitions, doubled the lead just before halftime with a low shot from just inside the area.
The win saw Barcelona maintain their momentum ahead of their Europa League match against Manchester United on Thursday. After drawing 2-2 with the English club in the first leg at home, Xavi made some changes to the lineup in preparation for the trip to Old Trafford.