Felix’s acrobatic strike secures vital win for Barcelona against Cadiz

MADRID: In a crucial La Liga clash, Joao Felix emerged as the hero for a depleted Barcelona side, netting a sensational bicycle kick to secure a 1-0 victory against relegation-threatened Cadiz. Manager Xavi Hernandez’s strategic decision to rest key players ahead of their upcoming Champions League quarter-final against Paris St Germain paid off as Felix’s moment of brilliance sealed the three points for the Catalan giants.

Despite missing several regular starters, Barcelona asserted their dominance early on, with Felix capitalizing on a rebound from a corner in the 37th minute to execute a spectacular volley into the net. The Portuguese forward, on loan from Atletico Madrid, showcased his talent once again at the Cadiz stadium, recalling his previous bicycle kick goal during a 3-2 loss last season with his former club.

Reflecting on his remarkable strike, Felix expressed his joy, stating, “I guess this stadium gives me luck. It wasn’t planned, I just reacted and it happened. What a great feeling it was and even better with a win this time,” in an interview with Movistar Plus+.

Barcelona’s victory sees them move to 70 points in the La Liga standings, eight points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid, whom they are set to face in the highly anticipated “El Clasico” next weekend. The win also maintains their position ahead of third-placed Girona, who suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, Cadiz finds themselves in a precarious position, sitting 18th in the standings, just three points adrift of safety. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both secured victories while resting key players, underscoring Xavi’s bold decision to make eight changes to his lineup following their midweek triumph against PSG.(Reuters)

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