Pique mistake helps lowly Leganes shock Barcelona

A crest fallen Gerard Pique gifts Leganes the lead

A crest fallen Gerard Pique gifts Leganes the lead

Ernesto Valverde was at a loss to explain Barcelona's shock defeat to Leganes on Wednesday as their unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at Butarque.

And following swiftly on from their 2-2 home draw with Girona over the weekend, the midfielder admitted after the match that he was anxious about their leaky defence.

Goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar made a stunning double save from Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic late on but Barca failed to create much else as Leganes closed out the win in a relatively comfortable fashion.

Barcelona battles Athletic Bilbao at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at Camp Nou in Barcelona.

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Coutinho got his goal off of a Lionel Messi assist. His touch sent the ball spinning into the air but he adjusted, cutting his right foot across the ball and sending a brilliant volley into the bottom corner.

Messi nearly doubled their lead five minutes later as he collected a loose ball and lined up a shot from 21 yards out that hit the top of the crossbar, before the Argentine drew a comfortable save out of Ivan Cuellar moments later with a side-footed effort from 19 yards out. "You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they did in one minute", Valverde said. First, Barca were ripped open on the break as Thomas Vermaelen failed to stop El Zhar heading in at the back post.

Barca kicked off, Coutinho conceded possession and one long ball forward caused chaos again. Pique attempted to clear the cross but, off balance, succeeded only in slicing it to Oscar, who slammed it into the net.

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. Leganes goalkeeper Pichu Cuella palmed away Coutinho's shot before jumping up to tip over Rakitic's rebound.

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