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Barcelona 8-2 Huesca: Lionel Messi-inspired champions thrash minnows

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Barcelona have won all three of their La Liga games so far this season

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona hit eight goals past La Liga newcomers Huesca.

The minnows took an early lead through Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez but Messi levelled with a shot off the post.

The Argentine also hit the bar and added a second on the counter-attack, as well as assisting two goals.

He could have had a hat-trick when Barca won a late penalty, but he let Suarez take it for his second goal.

The win takes Barcelona level with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on nine points from three games.

Huesca - in their first top-flight season - lost 8-1 on their only previous trip to the Nou Camp in the Copa del Rey in 2014-15.

They got off to a perfect start when 19-year-old Hernandez turned the ball home from close range.

Messi levelled with a good finish after skilfully moving into the box.

The champions took the lead when Jorge Pulido scored an own goal from Jordi Alba's cross, and the Barca defender then set up Suarez for a goal eventually allowed by the video assistant referee.

Alex Gallar gave the visitors, who had not lost in their opening two games, renewed home with a close-range goal moments later.

But Barca were rampant after the break with Ousmane Dembele scoring his third goal of the season from Suarez's pass.

Messi then set up a great goal, with Ivan Rakitic smashing the ball home on the bounce.

The Argentine chased on to a Philippe Coutinho ball to score his second, then played in Alba for Barca's seventh - in the week the left-back was left out of Spain's squad.

Suarez won an injury-time penalty following a foul by keeper Axel Werner and threw the ball to Messi so he could score his third. But the Barcelona captain gave the ball back to his team-mate, who sent Werner the wrong way.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiSubstituted forLengletat 65'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forVidalat 71'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forArthurat 76'minutes
  • 7Coutinho
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Dembélé

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 8Arthur
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Malcom
  • 15Lenglet
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 22Vidal

Huesca

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Werner
  • 24Miramón
  • 14Pulido
  • 3Etxeita
  • 16Correia PintoBooked at 26mins
  • 11Gallar FalgueraSubstituted forBorges Semedoat 65'minutes
  • 23MustoBooked at 87mins
  • 8Melero
  • 6Gómez Bardonado
  • 12LongoSubstituted forGurlerat 58'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forÁvilaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Borges Semedo
  • 7Ferreiro
  • 13Santamaría
  • 18Ínsua
  • 19Ávila
  • 21Gurler
  • 22Sastre
Referee:
Mario Melero López
Attendance:
71,057

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamHuesca
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home30
Away7
Shots on Target
Home14
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 8, Huesca 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 8, Huesca 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 8, Huesca 2. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty Barcelona. Luis Suárez draws a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Axel Werner (Huesca) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

  8. Booking

    Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

    Ezequiel Ávila (Huesca) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Booking

    Damián Musto (Huesca) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Huesca. Moi Gómez tries a through ball, but Serdar Gurler is caught offside.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 7, Huesca 2. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  16. Post update

    Luisinho (Huesca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Xabier Etxeita (Huesca).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Arthur replaces Sergio Busquets.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 2nd September 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona3300122109
2Real Madrid330010289
3Celta Vigo32105237
4Levante31116424
5Sevilla31114224
6Ath Bilbao21104314
7Espanyol31114314
8Real Sociedad31115504
9Getafe31112204
10Atl Madrid311123-14
11Alavés311124-24
12Girona311124-24
13Real Betis311113-24
14Huesca3111611-54
15Eibar310235-23
16Real Valladolid302101-12
17Valencia302135-22
18Villarreal301213-21
19Leganés301248-41
20Rayo Vallecano200215-40
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