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Barcelona 5-0 Eibar: Lionel Messi scores four in thumping win

Lionel Messi and Martin Braithwaite
Martin Braithwaite scored eight league goals for Middlesbrough and now plays alongside Lionel Messi

Barcelona's emergency signing Martin Braithwaite joked he "won't wash my clothes after I hugged Lionel Messi" after setting up one of the Argentina legend's four goals in a thumping win over Eibar.

Barca were given special dispensation to sign former Middlesbrough man Braithwaite this week, and he came off the bench to play a part in late goals for Messi and Arthur that put the pressure back on title rivals Real Madrid.

"Messi congratulated me, he's a great guy and tried to make me feel comfortable on the pitch by passing to me often," the 28-year-old Dane said.

"I'm very happy to have given my first assist to Leo."

'We've made an extraordinary signing'

Messi scored three goals in 26 first-half minutes before adding a late fourth from Braithwaite's saved attempt as Barcelona moved two points above Real Madrid, who face Levante later.

After a slow start, Messi scored a sensational opener when he rounded off a brilliant solo run by chipping the ball over Eibar's Marko Dmitrovic after 14 minutes.

As half-time approached, another quick burst of pace culminated in Messi firing a second low into the corner, and the Argentina forward converted from a loose ball three minutes later to kill the contest before the break.

Lionel Messi scores
Messi is La Liga's top scorer with 17 goals this season

Eibar continued to battle in the second half as both sides had goals ruled out for offside, but the hosts finished with a flurry as Messi capped a wonderful individual performance with his fourth three minutes from time and Arthur completed the rout.

Coach Quique Setien admitted he was surprised by the impact made by his new signing.

"Braithwaite did more than I expected, much more," said Setien.

"Honestly, I think we've made an extraordinary signing. He will adapt perfectly to what we want to do, he was involved in two goals and he understands the game so well."

Reigning La Liga champions Barca face Napoli in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday, before travelling to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Sunday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forUmtitiat 68'minutes
  • 15Lenglet
  • 24Firpo
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forde Jongat 59'minutes
  • 8Arthur
  • 10Messi
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 72'minutes
  • 22Vidal

Substitutes

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 20Roberto
  • 21de Jong
  • 23Umtiti
  • 31Fati
  • 39Akieme

Eibar

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 24Tejero
  • 2Burgos
  • 23Arbilla
  • 15Valdés Díaz
  • 8DiopBooked at 85mins
  • 10ExpósitoSubstituted forCristóforoat 83'minutes
  • 14Orellana
  • 5EscalanteBooked at 64mins
  • 22InuiSubstituted forDe Blasisat 66'minutes
  • 9EnrichSubstituted forGonzález Casínat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Álvarez
  • 7González Casín
  • 12Rodrigues de Oliveira
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 16De Blasis
  • 18Cristóforo
  • 21León
Referee:
César Soto Grado
Attendance:
66,971

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEibar
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 5, Eibar 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Eibar 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Eibar 0. Arthur (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arthur.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Eibar 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  6. Booking

    Pape Diop (Eibar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Eibar).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Eibar. Sebastián Cristóforo replaces Edu Expósito.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti tries a through ball, but Arturo Vidal is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Álvaro Tejero.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Cote (Eibar).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Marko Dmitrovic.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Cote (Eibar).

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Álvaro Tejero (Eibar).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fabián Orellana (Eibar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edu Expósito.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Eibar. Cote tries a through ball, but Fabián Orellana is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Clément Lenglet is caught offside.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 22nd February 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25174462293355
2Real Madrid25158246172953
3Getafe24126636221442
4Real Sociedad24124842311140
5Atl Madrid24101042517840
6Sevilla2411763125640
7Villarreal24115842321038
8Valencia2510873537-238
9Granada24103112931-233
10Levante25102133136-532
11Ath Bilbao2471072320331
12Osasuna2471073132-131
13Real Betis257993540-530
14Alavés2476112534-927
15Real Valladolid2451182027-726
16Celta Vigo2559112234-1224
17Eibar2466122237-1524
18Mallorca2564152642-1622
19Leganés2547141837-1919
20Espanyol2447132142-2119
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