Barcelona stretched their present unbeaten league run to 23 video games on Sunday night because of an aesthetic Four-Zero win over
Barcelona hit the submit, Paulinho scores the rebound. Twice in the identical recreation. A lot to be stated for being in the best place on the proper time…
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) December 17, 2017
Messi is the primary participant to overlook (at the least) three La Liga penalties for Barcelona in a single calendar yr since Samuel Eto’o (three) in 2005[through @GracenoteLive]
— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats_) December 17, 2017
It was a measured opening inside a reasonably sparse Camp Nou, with the hosts, as anticipated, seeing the vast majority of possession, and it took till simply the third minute for the primary clear likelihood of the night.
Following regular possession Barca turned up the tempo and carved open a reasonably attacking Deportivo line-up, permitting damage returnee Andres Iniesta to open his legs on right-hand facet of the world earlier than squaring a easy cross throughout the face of aim.
The Spaniard’s arrange seemed destined to discover a blue and crimson shirt, which it did, nevertheless quite remarkably Messi, who picked up the golden shoe award for his 2016-17 season haul earlier than proceedings started, lifted his try uncharacteristically excessive of Ruben’s crossbar and allowed the guests an enormous let off.
Only a few moments later Depor discovered extra fortune, this time because of the linesman, who noticed Paco Alcacer had strayed into an offside place earlier than teeing up Suarez for the best of tap-ins, maintaining the scores goalless.
That’s the means issues stayed for a brief interval, however solely right down to the goalkeeping heroics of the guests’ shot stopper, who made three sensible saves within the matter of some minutes.
Ruben was capable of halt Messi on two events, nevertheless it was the 33-year-old’s fingertip block in opposition to substitute
Messi’s 200 assists with Barcelona:
142 — La Liga
026 — Champions League
025 — Copa del Rey
004 — Spanish Tremendous Cup
002 — European Tremendous Cup
001 — Membership World Cup #Messi200
— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats_) December 17, 2017
However the Spaniard might do nothing to maintain his facet degree shortly afterwards, as a mixture of Iniesta’s chic lock-picking cross from deep, Messi’s completely timed run – which bought the higher of Depor’s offside entice – and the 30-year-old’s cushioned squared cross into the trail of Suarez for a faucet in lastly gave Barca their deserved lead.
The hosts then got here inside a lick of paint to doubling their benefit, as a fast breakaway afforded the little magician the possibility to bear down on aim earlier than making an attempt to feed his Uruguayan teammate.
As an alternative of taking the hassle on himself, Suarez’s fast return cross to his fellow South American on the sting of the world allowed the Argentine to dispatch his effort which cannoned again off the crossbar and allowed
Barcelona have now hit the submit 23 instances this season. That’s insane. #fcblive
— totalBarça (@totalBarca) December 17, 2017
However with simply seconds remaining within the first-half, Barca once more discovered themselves topic to a goal-line dispute, as for the second time this season, and third this calendar yr, it appeared Ernesto Valverde’s facet have been wrongly refused a authorized aim.
Admittedly, in contrast to the duo beforehand, replays weren’t fully conclusive, nevertheless with the angles on supply, Suarez’s rabona end from shut vary did seem to cross the road.
However, as has grow to be a pattern for Barcelona, the officers stated no, leaving the hosts with a two-goal benefit going into the break.
Nevertheless, lower than two minutes into the second-half Suarez did seize his second aim of the night.
Following merely chic and intricate build-up play within the centre of the park, Sergi Roberto was present in house on the right-hand wing earlier than whipping in a first-time, inch-perfect low cross in the direction of the again submit which was met by the 30-year-old talisman, permitting a easy end from shut vary to place the sport to mattress.
However three didn’t appear sufficient for the hosts, nor Messi, who with 20 minutes to go rattled the woodwork for the third time of the night after bending an excellent free-kick around the Depor wall and beating custodian Ruben at full stretch.
Once more, simply moments later it confirmed it was not going to be the Argentina worldwide’s night time in entrance of aim, because the normally so scientific attacker was denied from the penalty spot by a robust left-hand of the ageing guests’ custodian after Suarez was hacked down inside the world by Federico Valverde.
Nevertheless, with 15 minutes to go Barca did notch their fourth of the night, as for the second time of the night time Paulinho was available to complete from shut vary following a rebound off the submit – this time coming from Jordi Alba’s tried slotted effort from the left-hand facet of the world.
Did Barcelona do some type of wall-passing train in coaching? One other ‘help’ off the woodwork
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) December 17, 2017
That’s the means issues stayed and Barcelona now maintain a six-point hole over Atletico Madrid following Valencia’s slip up earlier within the weekend heading into the primary El Clasico of the season.
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