Barcelona 5-1 Alaves – Depleted Alaves stunned by Barcelona, in a 5-1 defeat at the Nou Camp

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Technical card:
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Oscar Mingueza (Sergino Dest, min.73), Clement Lenglet, Frenkie De Jong (Miralem Pjanic, min.72), Junior Firpo, Riqui Puig, Moriba Ilaix (Pedri, min.64), Sergio Busquets (Samuel Umtiti, min.46), Antoine Griezmann (Ousmane Dembele, min.81), Lionel Messi and Trincao
Alaves: Fernando Pacheco, Martin Aguirregabiria (Victor Laguardia, min.46), Florian Lejeune, Alberto Rodriguez, Ruben Duarte, Edgar Mendez, Rodrigo Battaglia, Tomas Pina (Pere Pons, min.72), Inigo Cordoba (Luis Rioja, min.46), Lucas Perez (Deyverson, min.82) and Joselu (Borja Sainz, min.81)
Stadium: the Nou Camp
Goals: Trincao (1-0, min. 29), Lionel Messi (2-0, min. 45), Luis Rioja (2-1, min. 57), Trincao (3-1, min. 74), Lionel Messi (4-1, min. 75) and Junior Firpo (5-1, min. 80)

Barca ease to a comfortable 5-1 win at the Nou Camp. Both sides arrived at the challenge after previous wins. Barcelona were looking to continue their run after winning their previous two matches in the competition. The most recent was against the Real Betis away (3-2), the other to Athletic Club at home (2-1). Alaves were looking to extend their winning run after a 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid. As things stand, Barcelona and Alaves currently occupy 2nd and 16th spots in the table, with 46 points and 22 points respectively after 23 matches.

Barcelona dominated the first half, with Trincao opening the rout, 29 minutes in. Later, Barcelona scored again and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi in the 45th minute just before half-time and the first half ended 2-0.

Alaves took the initiative in the second half, with Luis Rioja opening the scoring in the 57th minute. However, Barcelona increased their lead 3-1 following another Trincao goal, 74 minutes in. Later, Barcelona scored again and increased their lead thanks to a new goal from Lionel Messi, scoring his second goal to make it 4-1. Later, Barcelona took the lead with a goal form a goal from Junior Firpo, 80 minutes in to hand victory to the hosts.

For Barcelona Samuel Umtiti, Pedri, Miralem Pjanic, Sergino Dest and Ousmane Dembele came on for Sergio Busquets, Moriba Ilaix, Frenkie De Jong, Oscar Mingueza and Antoine Griezmann, while Alaves brought on Victor Laguardia, Luis Rioja, Pere Pons, Borja Sainz and Deyverson to replace Martin Aguirregabiria, Inigo Cordoba, Tomas Pina, Joselu and Lucas Perez.

The referee booked two players from Alaves, Martin Aguirregabiria and Alberto Rodriguez.

Barcelona will play at home against Cádiz, while Alaves will face Real Sociedad away.


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