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Barcelona shocked by last-place Leganes in Spanish league

/ 12:13 PM September 27, 2018

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, fourth left, celebrates Coutinho’s goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Leganes and FC Barcelona at the Butarque stadium in Leganes, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID — Last-place Leganes stunned Barcelona with a 2-1 win in the Spanish league on Wednesday, handing the defending champions their second straight setback.

The result gives Real Madrid a chance to take over the league lead with a draw at Sevilla later Wednesday.

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Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring early, but the host rallied with goals two minutes apart in the second half to earn its first win in six league games this season.

Leganes’ winner came thanks to a blunder by veteran central defender Gerard Pique, who misplayed a shot while trying to clear the ball from inside the area. 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 52nd-minute winner.

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It came just after Nabil El Zhar had equalized with a header from close range after a long ball into the Barcelona area.

Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar made a series of great saves near the end to preserve the victory.

Leganes had never earned a point against Barcelona in its three seasons in the first division. The club from outside Madrid had won only one point from its first five games and was coming off three straight losses.

Barcelona was coming off a home draw against Girona in the previous round.

Lionel Messi couldn’t add to his 595 goals in his 700th appearance with Barcelona, including 55 non-official games.

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