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Las Palmas 1-2 Barcelona

Neymar scores Barca's second
Neymar scores Barca's second after firing in a rebound from Lionel Messi's shot

Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League tie against Arsenal with a win over Las Palmas to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points.

Luis Suarez scored his 25th league goal of the season early on after he was found by Jordi Alba at the back post.

But with Barca shaky in defence, Las Palmas equalised through Willian Jose after Jonathan Viera's clever flick.

Neymar got the eventual winner after tucking in a rebound following Lionel Messi's close-range shot.

After a testing encounter, Luis Enrique's side lead Atletico Madrid by nine points and Real Madrid by 10 points, with both teams in action on Sunday.

There will be plenty to encourage Arsenal as Las Palmas were able to test the Barca defence, although their threat was reduced once Viera went off with a second-half injury.

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Luis Suarez
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The Gunners will be attempting to reach at Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, when they were beaten by Barca.

In 2011 they also lost a last-16 tie to the Catalan side and were beaten 2-1 by them in the 2006 final.

But they will have watched the win over Las Palmas with interest as Barcelona's three-man midfield gave little cover to their defence in a frantic opening period in Gran Canaria.

Enrique opted to rest Sergio Busquets, with Ivan Rakitic on the bench, and at times they missed their robustness in midfield.

Poor passing out of defence almost cost Barca on two or three occasions and they were saved by last-ditch defending by Javier Mascherano and substitute Thomas Vermaelen, who replaced midfielder Sergi Roberto after the break.

Despite their fragility in defence, Barca looked deadly on the counter-attack as Suarez, Messi and Neymar caused problems each time they combined.

Suarez, who is the first player in Europe's top five leagues to reach 25 goals, could have had a hat-trick after missing a close-range header in the first half and Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas making a wonder save in the second half. Neymar also wasted a great chance late on as he bore down on goal.

The hosts, who were promoted to the top flight last season and are flirting with relegation, regained their impetus towards the end of the game and twice went close to an equaliser through substitute substitute Sergio Araujo.

Line-ups

Las Palmas

  • 13Varas Herrera
  • 5García SantanaSubstituted forPerdomo Borgesat 87'minutes
  • 16Artiles Oliva
  • 17Bigas
  • 22Garrido
  • 15Mesa QuevedoBooked at 84mins
  • 25El ZharSubstituted forAraujoat 76'minutes
  • 24Domínguez
  • 20Viera RamosSubstituted forLemosat 66'minutes
  • 11Figueroa Cabrera
  • 8Da Silva

Substitutes

  • 1Lizoain
  • 3Lemos
  • 6Lopez Ruano
  • 7Alemán Viera
  • 10Araujo
  • 21Valerón
  • 29Perdomo Borges

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Dani AlvesBooked at 86mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18Alba
  • 7TuranBooked at 33minsSubstituted forRakiticat 45'minutes
  • 20SergiSubstituted forVermaelenat 70'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 23Vermaelen
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
26,817

Match Stats

Home TeamLas PalmasAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Las Palmas 1, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Las Palmas 1, Barcelona 2.

Attempt blocked. Momo (Las Palmas) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tana.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Offside, Las Palmas. Javi Varas tries a through ball, but Willian José is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sergio Araujo (Las Palmas) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Roque with a through ball.

Corner, Las Palmas. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

Substitution

Substitution, Las Palmas. Nili replaces David García.

Booking

Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Sergio Araujo (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Momo.

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

Booking

Roque (Las Palmas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Roque (Las Palmas).

Attempt missed. Sergio Araujo (Las Palmas) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian José.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Aythami (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Sergio Araujo (Las Palmas).

Attempt missed. Sergio Araujo (Las Palmas) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Momo.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Las Palmas. Sergio Araujo replaces Nabil El Zhar.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pedro Bigas.

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

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Sergi Roberto.

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

Foul by Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas).

Substitution

Substitution, Las Palmas. Mauricio Lemos replaces Jonathan Viera because of an injury.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pedro Bigas.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Roque.

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

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Roque (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Las Palmas. Jonathan Viera tries a through ball, but Willian José is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th February 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25203267204763
2Atl Madrid24173435112454
3Real Madrid24165370234753
4Villarreal24146430181248
5Sevilla24117634241040
6Celta Vigo2511593844-638
7Eibar2510694034636
8Ath Bilbao2410593534135
9Dep La Coruña2561453331232
10Real Sociedad2486103434030
11Malaga2486102121030
12Valencia2461082825328
13Real Betis2569101934-1527
14Getafe2575132639-1326
15Espanyol2574142248-2625
16Rayo Vallecano2466123249-1724
17Sporting Gijón2566132842-1424
18Las Palmas2556142440-1621
19Levante2555152445-2120
20Granada2455142549-2420
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