Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 3-0 Eibar

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi made his Barcelona debut as a 17-year-old on 16 October 2004 and has scored 250 La Liga goals
  • Barca unbeaten in eight league games this season
  • Barca yet to concede in 12 hours of league action
  • Messi two goals away from La Liga goal record
  • Eibar suffer first defeat in five league games

Lionel Messi moved to within two goals of becoming the all-time La Liga record goalscorer after he netted in Barcelona's victory over Eibar.

After a goalless first half, Messi's through-ball found Xavi, who chipped keeper Xabi Iruretagoiena to put the league leaders ahead after an hour.

Brazil striker Neymar volleyed in Dani Alves's chip to double their advantage.

Messi made it 3-0 in the 74th minute after racing through the Eibar defence for his 250th La Liga goal.

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The 27-year-old is one behind Telmo Zarra's record for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 1950s.

Messi will break the record if he scores two goals or more in next Saturday's game against arch-rivals Real Madrid, the first El Clasico of the season.

That match is expected to mark Luis Suarez's first competitive game in a Barcelona shirt after serving a ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 2014 World Cup group match in Brazil in June.

Sergi Roberto
Barcelona have become the first La Liga team to keep eight successive clean sheets at the start of a season.

Suarez will feature for a Barcelona side that has dropped just two points all season and has yet to concede a goal in eight La Liga games at the start of the season, a league record.

Barca needed Xavi to come to the rescue on the hour to finally break the resistance of a resolute Eibar side who are enjoying their first season in the top flight.

Neymar quickly added to the lead and then combined with Messi for the Argentine to notch his 250th league goal.

Barca are at home to Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday before travelling to the Spanish capital to face Real Madrid.

Xavi
Barcelona have scored at least once in their last 55 home league games
Neymar
Neymar has scored nine league and cup goals for Barcelona this season
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has made more assists - seven - than any other La Liga player this season

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18Alba
  • 6Hernández
  • 14Mascherano
  • 20Roberto CarnicerSubstituted forIniestaat 55'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7PedroSubstituted forRamírezat 71'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 11NeymarBooked at 40minsSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 8Iniesta
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Correia
  • 29Ramírez
  • 31El Haddadi

Eibar

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Iruretagoiena Aranzamendi
  • 2Bóveda
  • 16Castellano CastroBooked at 45mins
  • 6Albentosa
  • 5Ekiza
  • 24Minero Fernandez
  • 8Errasti
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 23Lara GrandeBooked at 53minsSubstituted forPiovaccariat 57'minutes
  • 7CapaSubstituted forBoatengat 75'minutes
  • 21Berjón PérezSubstituted forNieto Velaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Nieto Vela
  • 15Lekic
  • 17Vilá Roselló
  • 18Boateng
  • 19Piovaccari
  • 22Rodríguez Navas
  • 25Jiménez Merlo
Referee:
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
75,546

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEibar
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home27
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Eibar 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Eibar 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Abraham.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl Albentosa (Eibar) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dani Nieto with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Eibar. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Xavi.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

    Eneko Bóveda (Eibar) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Booking

    Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Dani Nieto (Eibar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Borja Ekiza.

  16. Post update

    Xavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jon Errasti (Eibar).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Eibar. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

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