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Girona 0-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi strikes as Barca reopen lead at top

Lionel Messi
Messi has nine goals in his last seven games for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his 26th goal of the season as Barcelona re-established their five-point lead at the top of La Liga with victory over 10-man Girona.

Barca saw their lead cut by Atletico Madrid's win over Levante on Saturday, but eased past neighbours Girona.

Nelson Semedo swept home the opener on 10 minutes, while Messi dinked in a lovely finish the second half.

Girona defender Bernardo was dismissed for two yellow cards in a match which could have been played in Miami, USA.

Champions Barca had support from La Liga for the contest to be staged at the Hard Rock Stadium, but withdrew the proposal in December after the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) and players' union (AFE) objected.

Ernesto Valverde's side could have had a more comfortable margin of victory, but Girona goalkeeper Bono saved efforts from Messi and Luis Suarez.

Home side Girona had plenty of chances of their own, but former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani could not find a way past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, being denied three times by the Germany international goalkeeper.

Barca face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

Line-ups

Girona

  • 13BonoBooked at 52mins
  • 5Alcalá
  • 2BernardoBooked at 51mins
  • 15Ramírez LópezBooked at 69mins
  • 24Porro
  • 23GarcíaSubstituted forSoares de Pauloat 70'minutes
  • 8Pons
  • 6Granell NoguéSubstituted forPaikat 86'minutes
  • 34Fernández
  • 9Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forLozanoat 80'minutes
  • 7StuaniBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 4Ramalho
  • 12Soares de Paulo
  • 19Lozano
  • 20Muniesa
  • 35Paik
  • 37Pachón

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15LengletBooked at 31minsSubstituted forVermaelenat 77'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 22VidalBooked at 37minsSubstituted forRamos de Oliveira Meloat 58'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 43minsSubstituted forRobertoat 82'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 7Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Ramos de Oliveira Melo
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Malcom
  • 19Boateng
  • 20Roberto
  • 24Vermaelen
Referee:
Pablo González Fuertes
Attendance:
13,649

Match Stats

Home TeamGironaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Girona 0, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Girona 0, Barcelona 2.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yassine Bounou.

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

Corner, Girona. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt blocked. Coutinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Paik Seung-Ho (Girona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Cristhian Stuani (Girona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Arthur (Barcelona).

Valery Fernández (Girona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Coutinho (Barcelona).

Pedro Porro (Girona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Pere Pons (Girona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juanpe.

Substitution

Substitution, Girona. Paik Seung-Ho replaces Álex Granell.

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

Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Girona).

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

Foul by Anthony Lozano (Girona).

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

Foul by Douglas Luiz (Girona).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Sergio Busquets.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Pere Pons (Girona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Girona. Anthony Lozano replaces Portu.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Cristhian Stuani.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yassine Bounou.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Clément Lenglet.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yassine Bounou.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a fast break.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Pedro Alcalá (Girona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Álex Granell (Girona).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pedro Alcalá.

Attempt blocked. Coutinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Valery Fernández (Girona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Girona. Douglas Luiz replaces Aleix García.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 27th January 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona21154258213749
2Atl Madrid21128132131944
3Real Madrid2112363426839
4Sevilla21106536221436
5Alavés209562223-132
6Getafe218762518731
7Valencia2161142218429
8Real Betis218582526-129
9Real Sociedad217682524127
10Eibar216872630-426
11Ath Bilbao2151152226-426
12Levante217593240-826
13Real Valladolid216781924-525
14Girona215972328-524
15Espanyol2173112334-1124
16Leganés215882026-623
17Celta Vigo2156103336-321
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal213992129-818
20Huesca2126131739-2212
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