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Barcelona 4-1 Alaves: Lionel Messi scores 50th goal of 2019 in win

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is La Liga's top scorer with 13 goals in 13 games this season

Lionel Messi scored his 50th goal of 2019 as Barcelona beat Alaves to end the year unbeaten at home.

Luis Suarez assisted three goals and scored the other as Barcelona went three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener and then Arturo Vidal blasted in a second, before Pere Pons' header for Alaves.

But Messi smashed home an excellent 25-yard strike and then Suarez scored a penalty following a handball.

Barcelona end 2019 with 24 wins and four draws at the Nou Camp - their first unbeaten year at home since 2011.

They will be top of La Liga over Christmas, unless Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao by six goals on Sunday (20:00 GMT).

Argentina forward Messi also had a goal disallowed before reaching his half-century of goals for club and country this year. He has reached that landmark in nine of the past 10 years.

He is set to finish as Europe's top goalscorer in 2019 - with 34 goals in 32 La Liga games leaving him five clear of anyone else yet to play.

Barcelona are unbeaten in 11 matches, while Alaves have gone five without a win - including a cup defeat by third division Real Jaen on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forNélson Semedoat 85'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 67mins
  • 18AlbaBooked at 88mins
  • 22Vidal
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forde Jongat 79'minutes
  • 19Aleñá
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forPérezat 85'minutes
  • 17Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 4Rakitic
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 21de Jong
  • 24Firpo
  • 27Pérez

Alavés

  • 1Pacheco
  • 21AguirregabiriaBooked at 74mins
  • 4ElyBooked at 84mins
  • 23Navarro Jiménez
  • 3Duarte
  • 18VidalBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBurkeat 86'minutes
  • 20Pons
  • 19García Sánchez
  • 22WakasoBooked at 67minsSubstituted forJoseluat 70'minutes
  • 15MuñozSubstituted forRiojaat 53'minutes
  • 7Pérez

Substitutes

  • 5Laguardia
  • 9Joselu
  • 11Rioja
  • 13Sivera
  • 17Marín
  • 24Burke
  • 29Sainz
Referee:
Mario Melero López
Attendance:
63,054

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAlavés
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 4, Alavés 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Alavés 1.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Manu García (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Manu García (Alavés).

Attempt saved. Manu García (Alavés) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Pérez with a cross.

Booking

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Joselu (Alavés) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Oliver Burke replaces Aleix Vidal.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Nélson Semedo replaces Sergi Roberto.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Pérez replaces Luis Suárez.

Booking

Rodrigo Ely (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rodrigo Ely (Alavés).

Corner, Alavés. Conceded by Frenkie de Jong.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong replaces Sergio Busquets.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Martín Aguirregabiria.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Alavés 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Martín Aguirregabiria (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

VAR Decision: Penalty Barcelona.

Penalty conceded by Martín Aguirregabiria (Alavés) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Arturo Vidal with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Joselu replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Alavés 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Booking

Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Aleix Vidal (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Aleix Vidal (Alavés).

Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

Aleix Vidal (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Rubén Duarte (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rubén Duarte (Alavés) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleix Vidal with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Alavés. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

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

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 21st December 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona18123347212639
2Real Madrid17106133122136
3Sevilla1810442317634
4Getafe188642617930
5Atl Madrid177821810829
6Real Sociedad178452820828
7Valencia187742825328
8Ath Bilbao177641912727
9Villarreal187473125625
10Granada187382425-124
11Osasuna175842220223
12Levante177282226-423
13Real Betis176562429-523
14Real Valladolid184861521-620
15Alavés185491928-919
16Eibar185491828-1019
17Mallorca1843111832-1415
18Celta Vigo173591425-1114
19Leganés1724111228-1610
20Espanyol1724111232-2010
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