Spanish La Liga

Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez scores against Cordoba
Suarez's Barca debut was delayed until the end of October by his ban

Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal as Barcelona closed the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point going into Spain's winter break.

With Real not playing because of their involvement in the Club World Cup, Barca stylishly seized the chance to keep the pressure on their arch-rivals.

Spain forward Pedro blasted in after 72 seconds, before Suarez poked in shortly after half-time.

Gerard Pique's header and a brace from Lionel Messi clinched an easy win.

It was a return to form for Luis Enrique's men after they slipped four points adrift of Madrid with a frustrating 0-0 draw at Getafe last weekend.

Newly-promoted Cordoba had not visited the Nou Camp for 42 years and the signs were ominous when Pedro - fresh from scoring a midweek Copa Del Rey hat-trick - netted the opener.

Barca could not add to their tally until Uruguay striker Suarez, who was banned until October for biting, finally scored his first league goal for the Catalans at the eighth attempt.

The visitors, who are second bottom, wilted in the second half as Barcelona ruthlessly tore them apart.

Substitute Xavi, who in his 741st appearance equalled the record of Madrid legend Raul for the number of games for a single club in Spanish football, teed up Pique before Ballon d'Or nominee Messi pounced on a loose ball for the fourth.

And the Argentine superbly controlled Jordi Alba's left-wing cross before spinning to fire in a volley for his 23rd goal of the season.

Madrid, who face Argentine side San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final later on Saturday, meet Sevilla on 4 February in their rearranged fixture.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 2Montoya
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forHernándezat 65'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 66mins
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forRafinhaat 76'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 7Pedro


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Hernández
  • 11Neymar
  • 12Rafinha
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
  • 31El Haddadi


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Martín Corral
  • 33Campabadal
  • 12LópezSubstituted forPinillosat 60'minutes
  • 2Pantic
  • 3Crespo
  • 15Rodríguez Barrera
  • 10Nicolás Cartabia
  • 6Delgado PachecoSubstituted forRossiat 72'minutes
  • 5Ekeng Ekeng
  • 18García FreireSubstituted forLópez de Silva Sánchezat 75'minutes
  • 14Ghilas


  • 7Rossi
  • 13Saizar
  • 16Chaves de la Torre
  • 19López de Silva Sánchez
  • 23Gómez Moreno
  • 28Andone
  • 29Pinillos
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamCórdoba
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nabil Ghilas.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Xavi (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Fausto Rossi (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Córdoba 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 3, Córdoba 0. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xavi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Fede Cartabia (Córdoba).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Córdoba. López Silva replaces Borja.

  17. Post update

    Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

    Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th December 2014

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