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Summary

  1. Match being played behind closed doors
  2. Decision follows unrest in city on day of Catalan independence referendum
  3. Game only confirmed as going ahead 25 minutes before kick-off

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

It's a day when football doesn't matter as much, at least 460 people were injured as police used force to try to prevent voting in Catalonia's independence referendum today.

But at least the club will have brought some joy to Barcelona fans, as they made it seven wins from seven in La Liga.

Can Real Madrid break into the top four when they host another Barcelona team, Espanyol, at 19:45 BST. Join us on the BBC Sport website and app later on to find out.

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Rafinha has knee surgery

Barcelona have just revealed that midfielder Rafinha has had surgery today.

A statement read: "The first-team player Rafinha underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Sunday on his right knee.

"It is worth remembering that the Barca number 12 is yet to feature for the team this season and that he underwent similar surgery on the internal meniscus of his right knee on 7 April of this year."

Barcelona's scoreboard today simply read democracia, which you might be able to guess means democracy.

Democracy
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Busquets briefed before interview

Andy West

Spanish football writer at Nou Camp

Interesting sight post-match: as Sergio Busquets waits to give a TV interview pitchside, he is being intensely briefed by two suited club officials.

No doubt they want to ensure that Busquets – who is Catalan and has been with the club from his teens – doesn’t stray from the club’s version of why the game took place behind closed doors.

Messi's landmarks

Lionel Messi - who netted twice today - has scored 45 goals for Barcelona in 2017, at least 14 more than any other La Liga player (in all competitions).

His cross for Sergio Busquets' goal was his 139th La Liga assist, and his 100th at the Nou Camp in all competitions.

Today he moved up to third on the all-time list of Barcelona appearances (594) - knocking Carles Puyol into fourth.

Xavi (767) and Andres Iniesta (639) are the top two

Barcelona did not want to play today, but they didn't want to lose the points either.

In footballing terms, the decision has paid off and Barca make it seven wins from seven at the start of the La Liga season.

Barcelona celebrate
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FULL-TIME

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

it's all over. Barcelona win a strange game on a strange day.

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez comes off because his shirt is ripped to shreds. Only seconds left so doubt he'll be back.

INJURY TIME

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

We're into two minutes of injury time, Luis Suarez fires an effort just wide of goal.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Luis Suarez has the ball in the net as he bicycle kicks in an Ivan Rakitic pass over the top, but he nudged a defender to lose his defender so it's a free out.

Luis Suarez
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Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Las Palmas probably deserve to score and Oussama Tannane drags a shot across goal and wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Final change for Barcelona, Andres Iniesta - who only came on at half-time - has been replaced by Andre Gomes.

The first time Iniesta hasn't had a standing ovation coming off at the Nou Camp probably...

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Free-kick to Barcelona. Lionel Messi for his hat-trick? No, he steps over the ball and Luis Suarez curls it wide.

Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Las Palmas have collapsed now and keeper Leandro Chichizola has to run 20 yards out of his box to deny Andres Iniesta as Barca were about to break through in numbers.

GOAL - Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Lionel Messi

It's all over now and Lionel Messi has his 11th La Liga goal of the season. Ivan Rakitic finds Luis Suarez, whose first-time pass is tapped home by Messi.

A bit harsh on Las Palmas' first-half performance.

Lionel Messi celebrates
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Barcelona 2-0 Las Palmas

Las Palmas are winning on passes, passes completed and possession. Very unusual for a Barcelona game. Losing 2-0 on goals though...

Barcelona 2-0 Las Palmas

Andy West

Spanish football writer at Nou Camp

He might not be Catalan but it would have been right if Lionel Messi, the idol of the nation, hadn’t scored today, would it? He made the finish look easier than it really was, but the contribution of former Manchester City trainee Denis Suarez was wonderful – a quite Messi-esque pass, in fact.

The pitch invader who ran on after the goal must be one of history’s most impressive exponents of his art… how on earth did he get in? Pulling off a pitch invasion in a behind-closed-doors game is worthy of recognition, for sure. Not clear what the piece of paper he was waving around was all about.

Barcelona 2-0 Las Palmas

Las Palmas are hanging on now with 17 minutes left. Great work by Luis Suarez finds Jordi Alba, but his cross is held by the keeper.

Barcelona 2-0 Las Palmas

A protester got onto the pitch somehow after that goal and he's dragged off by security. No idea how he got into the ground.

GOAL - Barcelona 2-0 Las Palmas

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has his goal. He's into double figures in La Liga.

Denis Suarez plays a great reverse pass to Messi, who sends keeper Leandro Chichizola to the ground before rounding him and tapping into an empty net.

Game over surely.

Lionel Messi celebrates
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Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Almost a great team goal from Barcelona as Lionel Messi comes in from behind to nip the ball off Alberto Aquilani, Andres Iniesta plays a back-heel to Ivan Rakitic but his shot is blocked.

Now Lionel Messi fires a shot wide. It must have been deflected as it's a corner.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Lionel Messi dances past a few Las Palmas defenders, tries to get Andres Iniesta out of his way and then shoots at visiting keeper Leandro Chichizola.

I think Messi must have had about five shots on target now. His fellow Argentine is his nemesis today.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Andy West

Spanish football writer at Nou Camp

Barca are looking a lot more comfortable in the second half, and it’s not surprising that their improvement has coincided with Andres Iniesta’s appearance on the pitch.

The 33 year-old skipper was rested by Ernesto Valverde after starting nearly every game so far this season, but he remains a fundamental player and the team always look poorer without him. Replacing him is one of the club’s biggest long-term concerns.

Ernesto Valverde
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Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Jonathan Viera has a shot for Las Palmas from distance but it's wide. They're still playing some decent football - but not hitting the heights of the first half. Barca are much better after their half-time changes, to be fair.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Las Palmas midfielder Alberto Aquilani has been booked for dissent.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Free-kick for Barcelona, everyone expects Lionel Messi to shoot but he rolls it short for Luis Suarez - who was offside.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Play it into the big man. Luis Suarez clips a cross over the defence and Lionel Messi heads it wide from the penalty spot.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Ambitious, Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos has a go with a 35-yard free-kick which flies over the bar.

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Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Andy West

Spanish football writer at Nou Camp

The figure of Javier Tebas will loom large in the debate about how this game is being played. Tebas is La Liga’s president, and a self-confessed Real Madrid fan.

A couple of days ago he changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of the Catalan and Spanish flags blended together in a heart shape.

Tebas has a lot of critics – in fact, it seems you either hate him or you really hate him. And having someone with such publicly stated personal interest in the Catalan independence issue as the head of La Liga is obviously very contentious.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Well now. Luis Suarez goes around keeper Leandro Chichizola, whose leg is trailing, and goes down. The referee comes over with a yellow card. Is it for Suarez for diving or the keeper for a foul, and a penalty kick?

To Las Palmas' relief it's a Suarez dive. The referee got it right too. All five players booked have been Barcelona players.

Luis Suarez is booked
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Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

It's like an entirely different game to the first half (a game of two halves) as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have shots saved in the space of 40 seconds.

Luis Suarez
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GOAL - Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Sergio Busquets

Barcelona have the lead - Sergio Busquets scores his first La Liga goal in almost three years as he heads home a corner from close range.

Ernesto Valverde's half-time changes have made the difference.

Sergio Busquets celebrates
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Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

This is MUCH more like it from Barcelona. Andres Iniesta is spraying the ball around and now his fellow substitute Ivan Rakitic hits a great 25-yard strike which is saved.

Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

Good start to this half for Barcelona and Lionel Messi forces another save from Leandro Chichizola following a 30-yard free-kick.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

Barcelona make a double change at half-time. Midfielders Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are on. Paulinho and Aleix Vidal have come off.

KICK-OFF

Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

The second half is under way. Surely Barca will be better.

Second half
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Barca explain stance today

Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

Andy West

Spanish football writer at Nou Camp

To counter the statement from La Liga (16:07 BST), Barca’s press officer has been circulating around the press box during half-time to explain the situation from their perspective.

According to the club, they asked for a postponement because they did not feel it would be appropriate to play the game considering the abnormal scenes which are taking place around Catalonia today.

The league refused and threatened a heavy sanction – presumably the six-point penalty which has been reported – so Barca reluctantly agreed to play the game but, as a sign of protest, they insisted it could only take place behind closed doors.

Barcelona 0-0 Las Palmas

Four Barcelona players booked in that first half, none for Las Palmas.

The visitors have had more of the ball - 55%.

Barca's players appear rattled by the uncertainty surrounding this game.

No reason for postponement - La Liga

La Liga has just released a statement.

It says that it "has maintained permanent contact with the security officials of FC Barcelona and with the Mossos [Catalan police] for several days".

The league added that "there was no reason for the postponement of the game" after local police gave security guarantees.