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Osasuna 0-3 Barcelona

Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (right) scored twice to take his season's total to 22 goals

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona briefly reduced the gap to La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a dominant win against bottom side Osasuna.

Luis Suarez hit the post as the Catalan team dominated the first half but could not find a breakthrough.

Home forward Sergio Leon chipped against the Barca crossbar before Suarez broke Osasuna's resistance by tapping in Jordi Alba's low cross.

Left-back Alba also provided the second, cutting back from the left byeline for Messi to clip into the far corner.

And the Argentina forward sealed a routine victory with a fine individual goal, dancing into space inside the home penalty area before drilling in.

Barca cut the gap on arch-rivals Real to three points before Zinedine Zidane's side restored their six-point advantage with a dramatic 3-2 home win against struggling Deportivo La Coruna later on Saturday.

Iniesta's return inspires Barca

Barcelona's bid for a third successive La Liga title has faltered in recent weeks, with a trio of frustrating draws enabling rivals Real Madrid to take charge of the title race.

Unexpected stalemates against Malaga and Real Sociedad, followed by Real's last-gasp equaliser in last weekend's El Clasico, left Luis Enrique's side needing a morale-boosting win against a side they had lost just once against in 10 previous meetings.

And, barring Leon's cheeky effort early in the second half, it was predictably routine for the visitors.

Inspired by the return of skipper Andres Iniesta, Barca enjoyed over 80% possession and created plenty of clear-cut opportunities.

However, both Messi and Suarez were wasteful in front of goal as Osasuna gamely tried to hang on.

Ultimately the pressure told after the break as Messi's brace - taking him above Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to the top of La Liga's scoring chart - made sure Osasuna are still searching for their first home win of the season.

'We kept our patience'

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique:

"We deserved the win, we created plenty of chances. I'm really pleased with the match I saw and the performances from my players.

"We knew from the start how difficult this game was going to be. But we kept our patience and the goalscoring opportunities soon started to come."

Messi loves playing Osasuna...

  • Lionel Messi has now scored 20-plus career goals against each of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Osasuna
  • Messi has netted 16 goals in his last nine league appearances against Osasuna
  • Luis Suarez has scored against 22 out of 24 sides he has played in La Liga (66 goals)

What's next?

Barcelona are back in action next weekend when they host neighbours Espanyol on Sunday (19:45).

Line-ups

Osasuna

  • 13Pérez González
  • 6Sanjurjo MatéBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBonnin Vásquezat 63'minutes
  • 4FlañoSubstituted forGarcíaat 45'minutes
  • 33Márquez ÁlvarezBooked at 52mins
  • 21Clerc Martínez
  • 20de las Cuevas Barberá
  • 8Causic
  • 10TorresBooked at 84mins
  • 11Berenguer Remiro
  • 7León Limones
  • 9RieraSubstituted forKodroat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fernández
  • 3Bonnin Vásquez
  • 5García
  • 12Riviere
  • 15García
  • 16Fuentes Hernández
  • 19Kodro

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 21Tavares GomesSubstituted forRafinhaat 76'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 7TuranSubstituted forD Suárezat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 6D Suárez
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
17,349

Match Stats

Home TeamOsasunaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home19%
Away81%
Shots
Home4
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Osasuna 0, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Osasuna 0, Barcelona 3.

Goal!

Goal! Osasuna 0, Barcelona 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tano (Osasuna).

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

Foul by Kenan Kodro (Osasuna).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

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

Foul by Roberto Torres (Osasuna).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Roberto Torres (Osasuna) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Carlos Clerc (Osasuna) because of an injury.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Corner, Osasuna. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

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

Foul by Goran Causic (Osasuna).

Attempt saved. Sergio León (Osasuna) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Torres.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces André Gomes because of an injury.

Offside, Osasuna. Sergio León tries a through ball, but Kenan Kodro is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Osasuna 0, Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Hand ball by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Osasuna. Kenan Kodro replaces Oriol Riera.

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

Sergio León (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by De las Cuevas.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nauzet.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Arda Turan.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Osasuna. Tano replaces Oier.

Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

Goran Causic (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Goran Causic (Osasuna).

Offside, Osasuna. Carlos Clerc tries a through ball, but Sergio León is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Osasuna 0, Barcelona 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Booking

Iván Márquez (Osasuna) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Iván Márquez (Osasuna).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 10th December 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid15114040142637
2Barcelona1594237152231
3Sevilla148332520527
4Real Sociedad158252621526
5Atl Madrid1474328111725
6Villarreal146531910923
7Ath Bilbao147252017323
8Las Palmas155642623321
9Malaga155642422221
10Eibar146352119221
11Celta Vigo146352426-221
12Espanyol144731717019
13Alavés144551417-317
14Real Betis144371728-1115
15Leganés154381226-1415
16Dep La Coruña153482027-713
17Valencia153392129-812
18Sporting Gijón143381528-1312
19Granada151681431-179
20Osasuna1514101332-197
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