Barcelona and Cadiz players are led off the field of play after their LaLiga match is stopped due to a medical emergency in the crowd… with keeper Conan Ledesma running across the pitch with medical equipment to throw into the stands
- Barcelona were two goals up at Cadiz when a medical emergency occurred
- The referee halted the action as medical staff attended to the spectator
- Cadiz keeper Conan Ledesma ran across the pitch carrying medical equipment
Barcelona were leading Cadiz 2-0 when their game was stopped late on because a supporter needed immediate medical attention.
Players from both sides looked on in concern as a fan behind the south goal suffered what early reports from the ground suggest was a heart attack.
Cadiz goalkeeper Conan Ledesma could be soon sprinting across the pitch with a defibrillator and Red Cross staff also made their way rapidly to the incident.
Barcelona’s LaLiga clash with Cadiz was halted after a medical emergency in the crowd
Cadiz goalkeeper Conan Ledesma rushed across the pitch carrying medical equipment
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo and his Cadiz counterpart Fali could be seen praying as the delay continued and it became clear that the situation had not been resolved.
Ledesma realised his thumb towards fans behind the goal but the lack of a positive response from supporters was confirmation that there was still a major problem and an eerie silence descended on Cadiz’ Nuevo Mirandilla stadium before the two teams were eventually taken off.
After the game had been halted for more than 20 minutes, the players returned to the pitch and the match resumed.
Earlier Robert Lewandowski had taken just nine minutes to score his ninth goal of the season in all competitions.
Ledesma launched the medical supplies towards the stricken spectator in the stands
With Bayern Munich to face on Tuesday Xavi left the Pole on the bench alongside Pedri and Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona toiled without them in the first half.
The closest they came to breaking the deadlock before the break was when the outstanding Gavi slipped the ball through for Raphinha and his shot pinged back off the post.
Cadiz have not scored all season and came close to breaking their duck when Fede San Emeterio shot over from inside the penalty area. Barcelona’s goal came shortly afterwards.
Xavi was preparing to bring on his three super-subs when the deadlock was broken.
Gavi burst through on to Raphinha’s pass and his cross cannoned out to Frenkie de Jong who scored.
Players from both clubs looked on during the dramatic scenes at the Nuevo Mirandilla
On 56 minutes Lewandowski came on and before minute 66 he had scored. The goal was from two yards out but showed all the desire of a player determined to score 50 goals again this season. He came hurtling into score after Raphinha had crossed from Hector Bellerin’s cross. The former Arsenal man playing his part in the goal on his debut.
Xavi had gambled with a below strength starting IX but always knowing that Lewandowski would not need long to make an impact if necessary.
Gerard Pique started the game in the centre of Barcelona’s defence as Jules Kounde was also rested.
Marcos Alonso was also used as a late substitute. The former Chelsea defender made his debut coming on with 12 minutes left. Ansu Fati also got minutes as Barcelona prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League game with what looked like being a comfortable win until confusion and concern overtook all matters of sport.