Spanish La Liga
Barcelona4Dep La Coruña0

Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (centre) was playing his first game since injuring his groin against Atletico Madrid on 21 September

Lionel Messi marked his return from injury with a goal as La Liga champions Barcelona comfortably beat Deportivo La Coruna at the Nou Camp.

The Argentina forward, back after three weeks out with a groin problem, scored his side's fourth seconds after coming off the bench.

Rafinha had put the hosts in control with a first-half brace, before Luis Suarez's clinical finish made it 3-0.

Deportivo's Laure was sent off for an elbow on Neymar in the second half.

Wins for Atletico Madrid, Real and Sevilla mean Barcelona remain fourth in the table.

Messi's display will be particularly pleasing for coach Luis Enrique before the visit of Manchester City in the Champions League next week.

That game will mark the return of former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, whose City side were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Mathieu
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forD Suárezat 68'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forMessiat 55'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 19Digne
  • 7Turan
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 45'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 17Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 23Umtiti
  • 25Masip

Dep La Coruña

  • 1Lux
  • 15Sanabria RuizBooked at 65mins
  • 6Albentosa
  • 12da Silva JuniorSubstituted forArribasat 29'minutes
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 22Borges
  • 5MosqueraBooked at 52mins
  • 20dos Santos Torres
  • 21Vilela GamaSubstituted forCorreia Pintoat 63'minutes
  • 8ColakSubstituted forBabelat 56'minutes
  • 10AndoneBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 4Bergantiños García
  • 9Moreno
  • 13Tyton
  • 14Arribas
  • 16Correia Pinto
  • 17Valle Balonga
  • 23Babel
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
81,595

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamDep La Coruña
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 4, Deportivo de La Coruña 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Deportivo de La Coruña 0.

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan.

Attempt missed. Pedro Mosquera (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Celso Borges.

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro Arribas (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Alejandro Arribas.

Offside, Barcelona. Neymar tries a through ball, but Jeremy Mathieu is caught offside.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Germán Lux.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt blocked. Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Babel with a headed pass.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gerard Piqué.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Germán Lux.

Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross.

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Rafinha.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Raúl Albentosa.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

Dismissal

Laure (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Laure (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Substitution

Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Luisinho replaces Bruno Gama.

Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Neymar with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Laure.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).

Bruno Gama (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid85302131818
2Real Madrid85302281418
3Sevilla85211612417
4Barcelona851226101616
5Villarreal734094513
6Las Palmas83321613312
7Ath Bilbao7403108212
8Eibar732297211
9Real Sociedad731399010
10Celta Vigo7313911-210
11Leganés8314913-410
12Alavés72328719
13Malaga722379-28
14Dep La Coruña8224510-58
15Real Betis8224918-98
16Espanyol8143914-57
17Sporting Gijón7214616-107
18Valencia7205914-56
19Osasuna7034715-83
20Granada8026823-152
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