Frenkie de Jong was sent off for Barcelona and Ronald Koeman followed in a third draw in five LaLiga games at Cadiz.
The pressure on Ronald Koeman intensified after his 10-man Barcelona side were held to a dire 0-0 draw by Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla on Thursday.
Barcelona carried almost no threat in the first half. Koeman had been forced to pick 18-year-old Yusif Demir upfront with former Newcastle forward Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay because that’s all he has.
But they quickened their step considerably after the break. Sergio Roberto came on and he fed Luuk de Jong whose brilliant cross was perfect for Memphis. Somehow he failed to make decent contact from five yards out and the best chance of the game so far was gone.
The two Dutch strikers were linking up now and Cadiz replace the exhausted with Alvaro Negredo with the fresher Anthony Lozano.
From minute 66 they were missing Frenkie de Jong too. He was booked by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande for a flailing arm and was then shown a second yellow for winning a loose ball in midfield.
Coutinho sent a 90th minute free-kick wide and there was still time for 10-man Barça to have a final chance. It fell to Memphis and in keeping with the rest of his night, he fizzed it wide. He had at least made clean contact this time but it was not enough.
Barcelona had to content themselves with a point. In the circumstances Koeman, who was sent off in the last seconds of the game for contesting a decision, will take it and curse his luck, and the refereeing.