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Barcelona stunned by Cádiz in match marked by fans' protest

Barcelona’s slim hopes for the Spanish league title all but ended after losing to Cádiz 1-0 at home on Monday in a match marked by protesting fans.

The fans were upset at Barcelona allowing Eintracht Frankfurt supporters to take over the Camp Nou Stadium in a Europa League match last week.

The first ever home loss to relegation-threatened Cádiz left Barcelona 15 points behind league leader Real Madrid with six rounds left. The Catalan club, sitting in second place, has a game in hand but time is running out on its quest to win the league for the first time in three seasons.

Barcelona's Gavi, left, vies for the ball with Cadiz's Jens Jonsson during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

Upset with the high number of Frankfurt fans at the Camp Nou on Thursday, one of Barcelona’s main fan groups left empty a section of the stadium behind one of the goals on Monday.

Only about 5,000 tickets were sold to the visiting fans for Thursday’s match but nearly 30,000 made it to the Camp Nou to see their team defeat the Catalan club and advance to the Europa semifinals.

Barcelona officials had already said the club would investigate how so many Frankfurt fans were able to buy tickets in sections reserved for Barcelona supporters.

Barcelona's Gavi, second left, vies for the ball with Cadiz's Jens Jonsson during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

Cádiz, which moved two points clear of the relegation zone, got the winner through Lucas Pérez in the 48th minute. It had won only one of its last four league matches, but hasn't lost to Barcelona in the competition in four straight games.

Before the losses to Eintracht and Cádiz, Barcelona was unbeaten in 15 straight matches in all competitions.

Making his 674th appearance for Barcelona, Sergio Busquets tied Andrés Iniesta for the third most with the club, behind the 767 of Xavi Hernandez and the 778 of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona's Memphis Depay reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

Barcelona was without playmaker Pedri González and defender Gerard Piqué because of injuries, while defender Ronald Araújo was suspended.

Barcelona next visits sixth-placed Real Sociedad on Thursday.

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Barcelona's Eric Garcia, center, vies for the ball with Cadiz's Fali, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

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Barcelona's Eric Garcia, right, vies for the ball with Cadiz's Ruben Sobrino during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

Barcelona's Memphis Depay, second left, tries to score next to Cadiz's goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)

Barcelona's Memphis Depay, second right, next to Cadiz's Ruben Sobrino during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 18, 2022. (AP PhotoJoan Monfort)