Lionel Messi honoured compatriot Diego Maradona in design as Barcelona easily beat Osasuna at Camp Nou.
Antoine Griezmann starred and Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona as Barcelona beat Osasuna 4-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman had actually contacted his gamers to produce a performance befitting the former Barca and Argentina star, who died today.
They appropriately delivered, Griezmann scoring the choice of the objectives in a great efficiency against a side who won 2-1 at this ground in July.
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There were also goals from Martin Braithwaite, Philippe Coutinho and Messi, who honoured compatriot Maradona with his event after scoring the fourth.
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A brilliant goal-line clearance from Unai Garcia stopped Coutinho from opening the scoring after Griezmann teed up the Brazilian.
The breakthrough ultimately can be found in scrappy style. Messi’s pass split the defence, Jordi Alba found Coutinho, Sergio Herrera saved his shot and Braithwaite’s rebound, however the latter handled to bundle the ball over the line with Messi’s assistance.
Ante Budimir turned previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen after a fantastic double save by the keeper, however the objective was correctly eliminated for offside against Oier Sanjurjo.
Barca doubled their lead just two minutes later on, Griezmann walloping a volley past the motionless Herrera after Alba’s cross had been cleared to the edge of the box.
Griezmann turned supplier 11 minutes into the 2nd half, teeing up Coutinho for a tap-in after great from Braithwaite to win back possession in the Osasuna half.
A great trip for the Catalans was soured when they suffered another defensive injury, Clement Lenglet unable to continue after apparently taking damage to his ankle.
Roberto Torres rattled the post before Ousmane Dembele had a goal eliminated for offside, but Messi quickly made it 4-0 with a fierce strike from the edge of the box, the Argentine then eliminating his Barca t-shirt to expose a Newell’s Old Boys jersey emblazoned with the number 10.
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What does it suggest? Barca edge better to leaders
Barca’s success moves them into seventh location, three points behind champions Real Madrid in fourth, with a video game in hand.
Osasuna are 15 th, 3 points above the relegation locations.
A turning point for Griezmann?
Griezmann appeared to vent months of frustration with his emphatic volley, however he had actually already looked Barca’s brightest assaulting gamer prior to then.
The France star hit the target with 3 of his 4 shots, completed more passes than any other forward (69) and looked, at last, to be enjoying himself.
Defensive worries abound
Any severe injury to Lenglet would leave Barca without a healthy senior centre-back, with Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo all sidelined.
Osasuna used scant attacking danger, with 5 shots on target and all those in the 2nd half, however there are tougher challengers to come in December.
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27 – Lionel Messi has actually scored or assisted in each one of the last 27 @FCBarcelona video games when the Blaugrana side have scored four o more goals in all competitions (50 goals and 19 helps). pic.twitter.com/iUQRfcpm1n
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– Barcelona have actually scored 13 goals in their past 4 video games in all competitors (3.2 on average) after scoring 19 in the first 9 games under Ronald Koeman (2.1 on average).
Barca, who have actually already qualified for the Champions League last 16, check out Ferencvaros on Wednesday prior to next Saturday’s league trip to Cadiz. Osasuna have a week to prepare for a house video game versus Genuine Betis