Bottom-placed Leganes stun Barcelona in La Liga

Grant SmithOct 01, 2018

Real had hoped to take advantage of Barcelona's shock 2-1 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Leganes earlier on.

Rodriguez scored when Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared the ball right into his path at the top of the penalty area.

Barca won their first four games in the league this season but have now dropped seven points in just six days, spanning three games.

Messi and Sergio Busquets were put on the bench by Valverde ahead of Barcelona's Champions League match at Tottenham on Wednesday.

The debate about Barca's dependence on Messi is not a new one, but it resurfaced on Saturday when the Argentine came off the bench to help them salvage a point at Camp Nou as their winless run extended to three games.

'We can't be conceding goals in every game.

Mauricio Pellegrino's troops had finished the half strongly and they came flying out of the blocks after the restart to score twice in the space of a minute.

"Last year we hardly conceded goals but now teams are scoring against us with their first attempt".

"Sometimes it's hard to explain what happens in a game".

"Both Lionel and [Sergio] Busquets gave us a lot, but we do not only depend on them". We're going to try to win.

Leganes coach Mauricio Pellegrino was delighted with his players.

Since them, Messi had clocked up 48 games without defeat in LaLiga, having not played in the spectacular 5-4 loss to Levante at the tail end of last season.

Oscar Rodriguez, a former member of Real Madrid's youth teams, who is on loan with Leganes, took advantage of Pique's uncharacteristic mistake to score the 53rd-minute victor.

Messi's arrival brought added impetus from the home side and once again he went close, hitting the post 13 minutes from time.

Brazil midfielder Phillipe Coutinho also struck a shot onto the crossbar and Luis Suarez was unable to convert the follow-up.

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