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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
Luis Suarez was uncharacteristically wasteful but has 12 goals in his last seven games and 41 this season

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.


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


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


  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da SilvaBooked at 86mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18Alba
  • 7TuranBooked at 33minsSubstituted forRakiticat 45'minutes
  • 20Roberto CarnicerSubstituted forVermaelenat 70'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 23Vermaelen
Carlos del Cerro Grande

Match Stats

Home TeamLas PalmasAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Las Palmas 1, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Las Palmas 1, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Las Palmas. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Las Palmas. Nili replaces David García.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Momo.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Roque (Las Palmas).

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th February 2016

As It Stood

2Atl Madrid24173435112454
3Real Madrid24165370234753
6Celta Vigo2511593844-638
8Ath Bilbao2410593534135
9Dep La Coruña2561453331232
10Real Sociedad2486103434030
13Real Betis2569101934-1527
16Rayo Vallecano2466123249-1724
17Sporting Gijón2566132842-1424
18Las Palmas2556142440-1621
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