Barcelona‘s La Liga title hopes faltered after they slipped to a 1-1 draw in opposition to Cadiz at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman’s facet now discover themselves eight factors behind league leaders Atletico Madrid who misplaced on Saturday.
“This hurts a lot because after Atletico’s defeat we had the chance to get right back in the race,” Barca defender Gerard Pique.
“We had loads of chances, they had hardly any so to concede a late goal like that is difficult to swallow. Given the state of mind we went into the game today, we really had to get the three points.”
Messi made his 506th look within the league and surpassed club legend Xavi Hernandez’s appearance record within the course of.
His strike in opposition to relegation-threatened Cadiz additionally prolonged his La Liga report of scoring in opposition to essentially the most completely different opponents to 38.
The hosts had possibilities to increase their lead earlier than the break however noticed objectives from Frenkie de Jong and Pedri dominated out for offside.
Fielding the identical beginning lineup that had been outclassed 4-1 by Paris St Germain in Tuesday’s Champions League spherical of 16 first leg on Tuesday, a rusty wanting Barca did not construct on their lead regardless of having 81% possession and taking 21 photographs at objective.
“I am more disappointed than on Tuesday [after PSG],” Koeman mentioned postmatch. “We could not drop these points. We weren’t at our best in attack and we have to defend differently, but I don’t like to blame players individually.
“The downside is the lead was too slim they usually might stage at any second, which is what occurred. If you do not kill the sport, for those who do not rating the second, they all the time have an opportunity to attain.”