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Barcelona 7-0 Osasuna

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Barcelona v Osasuna

Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona sweep aside Osasuna to close the gap on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish title race.

Argentina star Messi glanced in at the near post, before Alexis Sanchez tucked in Jordi Alba's low centre.

Andres Iniesta's stinging 25-yarder put Barca in complete command at the break.

Two more Messi goals, along with late strikes from Cristian Tello and Pedro, saw Barca warm up for next Sunday's El Clasico against Real with an easy win.

Defending champions Barca travel to the Bernabeu knowing they need to beat their arch-rivals to stand any realistic chance of retaining the La Liga title.

Gerardo Martino's men are four points behind leaders Real, and one adrift of Atletico, with 10 matches left to play. Both Madrid sides earned narrow 1-0 wins on Saturday.

Even if the Catalans win in the Spanish capital, they are relying on other teams to take points off a Real side unbeaten in 18 league matches.

After suffering a shock 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid last weekend, Barca boss Martino demanded his team "change their image" against Osasuna. And the Argentine watched his players respond with a contrasting performance at the Nou Camp.

The hosts were intent on taking control before half-time, scoring three goals in the space of 16 minutes, to leave relegation-threatened Osasuna floundering.

Already Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer in competitive matches, Messi's treble took him past Paulino Alcantara's club record of 369 goals in all matches including friendlies.

Lionel Messi

He poked in the opener from Sanchez's right-wing cross before Barca left-back Alba, after a neat one-two with Iniesta, supplied a low ball from the left for the Chilean to tuck in.

Iniesta netted his first goal from open play since the final day of last season and then combined with Messi, who arrowed in from a tight angle, for the fourth.

But rampant Barca refused to ease off. Three goals in the final 12 minutes saw Martino's men rack up a seven-goal haul for the second time this season, following the opening-day thrashing of Levante.

Substitute Tello, in his first involvement after replacing Sanchez in the 77th minute, cut in from the left and danced past a number of Osasuna defenders to bend in.

Messi converted a Dani Alves pass for his 31st of the season, before turning provider for Pedro to complete the rout.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Valdés
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 18Alba
  • 16Busquets
  • 15Bartra
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 58minsSubstituted forCorreiaat 82'minutes
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forSongat 62'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9SánchezSubstituted forTelloat 77'minutes
  • 7Pedro

Substitutes

  • 2Montoya
  • 4Fábregas
  • 11Neymar
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 17Song
  • 20Tello
  • 21Correia

Osasuna

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Fernández
  • 15Sanjurjo Maté
  • 24Damiá
  • 20Silva
  • 22Loties
  • 14ArribasBooked at 48mins
  • 16CejudoBooked at 82mins
  • 23Loe
  • 19Riera MagemSubstituted forAcuna Caballeroat 84'minutes
  • 21TorresSubstituted forPuñalat 70'minutes
  • 9ArmenterosSubstituted forLobatoat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Riesgo
  • 4Flaño
  • 5Ortiz Toribio
  • 7Acuna Caballero
  • 10Puñal
  • 17Lobato
  • 18Omwu
Referee:
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
71,764

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamOsasuna
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 7, Osasuna 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 7, Osasuna 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 7, Osasuna 0. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Osasuna. Álvaro Cejudo tries a through ball, but Javier Acuña is caught offside.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 6, Osasuna 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dani Alves.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro Cejudo (Osasuna) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francisco Puñal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Osasuna. Javier Acuña replaces Oriol Riera.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Adriano replaces Javier Mascherano.

  9. Booking

    Álvaro Cejudo (Osasuna) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Cejudo (Osasuna).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Osasuna 0. Cristian Tello (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Alexis Sánchez.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alexandre Song (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

    Francisco Puñal (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Andrés.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Alves.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Cejudo (Osasuna) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Damiá with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro following a fast break.

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