Barcelona suffer first defeat of the season despite Coutinho's early goal

Barcelona suffer first defeat of the season despite Coutinho's early goal

- Ernesto Valverde's side lose 2-1 to Leganes at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque

- This is the Blaugrana's first defeat of the current season having forced to a draw in their last game

- They will face Athletic Bilbao in their next league game at the Camp Nou

Spanish League champions Barcelona were handed their first defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Leganes away from home.

Brazil superstar Philippe Coutinho opened scoring for the Catalans in the 12th minute of the encounter after being assisted by Lionel Messi.

But two quick goals from Nabil El Zha abd Oscar in the 52nd and 53rd minutes of the encounter to stun the defending champions on Wednesday night.

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Having taken the lead earlier in the first stanza of the game, Ernesto Valverde went ahead to win the first 45 minutes of the meeting.

However, the hosts came back into the second half blazing hot as they found the back of the net twice within 60 seconds to ensure to earn their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have a chance to go top of the log if they beat Sevilla in their match this evening at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. earlier reported that Barcelona were forced to drop their first points in the ongoing Spanish League season after sharing spoils with visiting Girona at the Camp Nou on Sunday, September 23.

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Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were the goals scorers for Barca but Cristhian Stuani's brace ensured his side picked a point from the game.

The Camp Nou side welcome Athletic Bilbao in their next topflight encounter on their home turf this weekend and they will hope to return to winning ways in that meeting.

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