Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 4-0 Almeria

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is three league goals behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target as La Liga leaders Barcelona won their ninth match in a row to stay in control of the title race.

Following heavy pressure, Messi curled Barcelona into the lead from the edge of the penalty area before the break.

Former Liverpool striker Suarez doubled the lead as he rifled the ball into the top corner from 18 yards.

The win was sealed by Marc Bartra's close-range header before Suarez slotted in a close-range second.

Luis Enrique's men have won 20 out of their last 21 matches in all competitions and remain four points ahead of second-placed Real - who beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 later in the evening.

Barcelona, who face Paris St-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final and play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final, are chasing a treble.

But they will have to be more clinical than they were against relegation-threatened Almeria, with a host of chances spurned during a dominant first half.

Messi's brilliant curler from the right, his 33rd goal of the season, was all they had to show for a half in which they had 68% of possession.

Former Barcelona defender Sergi, who made more than 250 appearances for the Catalans, was taking charge of Almeria for the first time and their hopes of a shock result were effectively ended by Suarez.

The Uruguayan, who had been guilty of poor finishing in the opening half, cut inside on his left foot before drilling the ball into the top corner for Barcelona's second.

By the time Bartra headed home the third from Xavi's corner and Suarez converted Pedro's pass, Almeria already knew the game was lost.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da SilvaSubstituted forMontoyaat 64'minutes
  • 15Bartra
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 43mins
  • 21Correia
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRafinhaat 67'minutes
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 6Hernández
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 7Pedro

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 3Piqué
  • 8Iniesta
  • 11Neymar
  • 12Rafinha
  • 24Mathieu

Almería

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cuesta Díaz
  • 28Marín Molina
  • 4Navarro Jiménez
  • 5Trujillo
  • 14CasadoBooked at 87mins
  • 22Partey
  • 15García Pérez-Roldán
  • 8WellingtonSubstituted forSorianoat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24EspinosaSubstituted forJiménez Ortizat 79'minutes
  • 17Méndez OrtegaSubstituted forSundy Zongoat 72'minutes
  • 9Bifouma KoulossaBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 10Hemed
  • 19Sundy Zongo
  • 21Jiménez Ortiz
  • 23Soriano
  • 25Martinez Andrade
  • 29Jurado de la Torre
  • 31Azeez
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
73,837

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAlmería
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 4, Almería 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Almería 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Almería 0. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro.

  4. Post update

    Marc Bartra (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Almería. Conceded by Marc Bartra.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Julián.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  9. Booking

    Casado (Almería) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Casado (Almería).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Almería. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Casado (Almería).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Partey (Almería).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Soriano (Almería) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thievy Bifouma with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Martín Montoya (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 8th April 2015

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