La Liga

  • Gabriel 80’
  • 15’ L. Messi
  • 31’ L. Suárez
  • 44’ Neymar
  • 64’ Rafinha
17/09/2016
La Liga
Butarque
Attendance 10,958

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      Full time in Madrid. Barcelona have bounced back from their loss against Alaves in some style this week, and after claiming a 7-0 victory over Celtic a few days ago they have put five past Leganes in a 5-1 victory this afternoon. The goalscorers on the day were Neymar, Suarez, Rafinha with one each
    • 0'
      Half-time in the outskirts of Madrid. It took Barca a little while to get going, but eventually turned on the style with Messi, Suarez, and Neymar all getting on the scoresheet for a 3-0 scoreline at the break. Leganes have actually acquitted themselves admirably in their first ever match against Ba
    • 0'
      Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Iniesta, Rafinha; Neymar, Suarez, Messi.
    • 0'
      Leganes (5-3-2): Serantes; Victor Diaz, Bustinza, Pablo Insua, Medjani, Diego Rico; Unai Lopez, Lluis Sastre, Gabriel; Kone, Machis.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS...
    • 0'
      We are witnessing a bit of history today as this is actually the first time that Leganes have faced Barcelona in competitive action. Head coach of the hosts, Asier Garitano, could be considered a hero to the fans of the Madrid-based as he has guided them to two consecutive promotions, firstly to the
    • 0'
      After their opening three Liga matches, Barcelona are down in fifth with two wins and the aforementioned defeat to Alaves which puts them three points behind Real Madrid at the top of the table. Today, they will be looking to gain the win in style, and notch up the goals in the process, against one
    • 0'
      It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Blaugrana. A week ago the football world was shocked when newly promoted Alaves went to the Camp Nou and secured a 2-1 away win against the Catalan giants. However, Barca bounced back in emphatic style during the week when they demolished Scottish c
    • 0'
      Good morning football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Leganes and Barcelona from the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
    • 1'
      We are under way in Leganes!
    • 2'
      There isn't a recognised right-back in the Barca XI today and it was thought that either Mascherano or Rafinha would take up that position. Judging by the start of proceedings, the latter featues in defence with the Argentine being deployed in midfield alongside Rakitic and Iniesta.
    • 4'
      You have to hand it to Leganes in these opening stages as they have been incredibly brave in their approach. Barca are typically looking to play out from the back through Ter Stegen and the defence, but they are being put under pressure via the intense pressing of the hosts! How long can they keep u
    • 6'
      Rakitic languishes in possession too long in the Barca half and Leganes pounce to win the ball through Machis, who drives forward before having a crack at goal from 25 yards or so. Pique is on hand to make the important interception, but some worrying scenes at the moment for the Catalan outfit!
    • 8'
      Leganes have been absolutely fantastic so far and aren't displaying any fear whatsoever, even against a team who won 7-0 in Europe in their last fixture! The home side should be scoring from this spell of dominance though, as Barcelona will find their feet going forward sooner or later you would thi
    • 10'
      Barca venture forward for the first time in the match as Neymar opens up his stride down the left touchline. The Brazilian cuts inside and possession eventually finds its way to Suarez just inside the box, but the striker was just a head of the play slightly, so Leganes are let off the hook with an
    • 12'
      Rakitic picks up the ball just outside the centre circle and spots the run of Neymar before going for the ambitious diagonal to the left. The pass nearly hits the mark, but Bustinza just manages to stretch out a leg to make the VITAL interception! Leganes playing a dangerously high line.
    • 14'
      JUST OVER FOM MEDJANI! A speculative ball is sent into the box from the hosts and it is actually the central defender who meets it after having around following a corner, but the headed attempt goes just the wrong side of the crossbar! Best chance of the match so far.
    • 15'
      G L. Messi Assist L. Suárez
    • 15'
      Outstanding work from Suarez for the assist.
    • 15'
      GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA! THE VISITORS OPEN THE SCORING! Suarez shakes off the attentions of Bustinza down the right-hand side and advances forward before picking out a perfect pass inside the box for Messi, who coolly slots into the corner! One-nil!
    • 17'
      That goal for Barca is a real kick in the teeth for Leganes, who can be very proud of their display so far. It was indeed mentioned that they were playing a high line though, and that was always going to be dangerous against this superstar front three of Neymar, Suarez, and Messi!
    • 19'
      A BAD MISS FROM NEYMAR! Barca open the Leganes defence up with a stunning bit of play as Rafinha hits the byline before reversing a pass inside for Suarez, who clips a first-time teasing cross to the back post. His Brazilian team-mate meets it with a volley, but it is a rare display for poor techniq
    • 21'
      Even though Rafinha is deployed at right-back today, he was always going to be doing more attacking than defending on the wing and looks to be flourishing in this new role. Already some very neat interplay with Messi coming in off the touchline.
    • 23'
      WHAT A SAVE FROM SERANTES! Suarez dances his way into the penalty area only to just take a heavy touch, allowing the defender to make the block. However, the interception loops ominously towards the top corner which makes it all the more impressive that the goalkeeper was alert enough to tip over th
    • 24'
      First booking of the match goes to Rakitic for bundling over Machis just in front of the technical area.
    • 26'
      Machis has probably been the brightest player for the home side so far today and on this occasion gets the better of Mascherano before driving into the penalty area with pace. He then rifles a low cross towards the penalty spot, but the vigilant Iniesta is positioned well to make the clearance into
    • 27'
      Medjani is booked for a late challenge.
    • 28'
      There is a very entertaining duel developing between Mascherano and Machis at the moment, and this time it is the Argentine who comes out on top with a superb tackle down the left wing to dispossess the onrushing Leganes attacker. Keep an eye on those two!
    • 30'
      Fifteen minutes remaining in the first half now and as mentioned previously, Leganes can be proud of their performance so far. That goal from Messi was a bit of a hammer blow, but the scoreline remains tight so the promoted side can continue to feel the confidence flowing!
    • 31'
      G L. Suárez Assist L. Suárez
    • 31'
      One of the best assists you will see this season from Lionel Messi!
    • 31'
      GOOOOOAAAALLLLL FOR BARCA! Absolutely stunning stuff from the Catalans! Messi takes on the Leganes defence with a typically dangerous run and gets in behind the backline before showing quite incredible awareness to pick out Suarez at the back post, who easily slots home! Two-nil.
    • 33'
      Leganes almost respond immediately to that Suarez goal! Machis bulldozes his way into the penalty box and fires a shot towards the near corner, which is saved by Ter Stegen. The rebound is then sent towards goal with the German out of position, but Umtiti covers for his team-mate superbly with a blo
    • 35'
      OH SUAREZ JUST FALLS AT THE VITAL MOMENT! The Uruguayan is sent running in behind the Leganes defence after another genius pass from Messi, but then just as he is about to pull the trigger loses his footing around 10 yards out. He will be kicking himself for that one, the former Liverpool and Ajax m
    • 37'
      Barcelona are really turning on the style now and Leganes look increasingly unable to handle the pressure. Neymar clips a pass inside to Rakitic, who eventually prods wide to Messi. The Argentine goes for another signature pass over the top of the opposition defence, but there is a little too much o
    • 39'
      Another Leganes booking and this time it goes to Victor Diaz. The home side just a little guilty of losing their discipline just before the break.
    • 40'
      Five minutes to go in the opening half and the way things are going at the moment, Leganes will be lucky to go in for their half-time oranges with just the two-goal deficit. It took Barca a little while to get going, but they are looking irresistable in their attacking play currently.
    • 42'
      Messi receives the ball to feet with his back to goal inside his own half and turns sharply before going to pass to Rafinha. However, there is a miscommunication between the South American duo with the right-back moving into space, resulting in Leganes getting the throw-in.
    • 44'
      G Neymar Assist L. Suárez
    • 44'
      Wonderfully unselfish work from Suarez as he passes to Neymar instead of going for goal himself.
    • 44'
      GOOOAAAALLL! GOOOAAAALLL FOR BARCELONA! Neymar gets in on the goalscoring act! It is much too easy for the Blaugrana this time as one pass opens up the Leganes defence, allowing Suarez to run through on goal unopposed before squaring to the Brazilian, who easily taps home. Three-nil! Game over?
    • 46'
      SI Rubén Pérez SO L. Suárez
    • 46'
      A change from Leganes as Medjani is replaced by Ruben Perez.
    • 46'
      We are back under way in this Spanish Primera Division clash!
    • 48'
      A positive start to the second period from Leganes as Kone takes on the Barca defence before lashing a strike at goal from around 25 yards out. Unfortunately for the striker, it is straight down the throat of the grateful Ter Stegen, who easily collects between the sticks.
    • 50'
      Ruben Perez has only been involved in the action for five minutes but already is looking to leave a little something on the Barca attackers in the tackle. The victim in this case is Suarez who is scythed down inside the centre circle, but somehow the substitute avoids being shown a yellow card.
    • 52'
      You get the feeling that Leganes have been told by their coach, Garitano, to be a bit more physical with the Barca players in the second half as Victor DIaz has a pop an Neymar near the dugout moments after that aforementioned tackle from Ruben Perez.
    • 53'
      PENALTY TO BARCELONA! Neymar runs through on goal after a stunning pass from Suarez but is hauled to the floor by the retreating Bustinza moments before he can pull the trigger. One hundred per-cent the correct decision!
    • 54'
      Bustinza goes into the book for conceding that penalty.
    • 55'
      GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA! Messi steps up and confidently dispatches the spotkick into the top right corner! Four-nil
    • 56'
      SI Paco Alcácer SO L. Suárez
    • 56'
      Luis Enrique reacts almost immediately to going four goals ahead as he makes his first change of the match. Leaving the pitch is the always fantastic Suarez, and he will be replaced by the newly recruited centre-forward, Paco Alcacer.
    • 57'
      SI A. Turan SO L. Suárez
    • 57'
      Another change here for Barca as Rakitic is replaced by Arda Turan.
    • 59'
      Messi collects the ball inside the area with a terrific chested touch and moves into space towards the byline before smashing a cross-cum-shot into the six-yard box. Alcacer is sniffing around looking for the close-range finish, but Serantes makes the save at the second attempt after the tackle from
    • 61'
      SI A. Szymanowski SO L. Suárez
    • 61'
      SI Omar Ramos SO L. Suárez
    • 61'
      A double change from Leganes here. The first sees Alexander Szymanowski replace Unai Lopez.
    • 62'
      The second sees Machis leave the pitch, with Omar Ramos entering the action.
    • 64'
      G Rafinha Assist L. Suárez
    • 64'
      GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA! AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM RAFINHA! The Brazil international makes his way down the right wing and then cuts inside on his left foot before drilling a quite fantastic strike high into the top left corner from 25 yards out! Five-nil!
    • 65'
      SI Denis Suárez SO L. Suárez
    • 65'
      Third and final change from Luis Enrique now with the three points already in the bag. Iniesta is given a 25-minute rest and his replacement will be former Villarreal attacking midfielder, Denis Suarez, who will be eager to make an impact after not seeing a lot of game time since his move back to Ba
    • 67'
      Unfortunately for newly promoted Leganes, the scoreline this afternoon may ultimately depend on how ruthless Barcelona are feeling in the latter portion of the game. They don't tend too show too much restraint - just ask Celtic who lost 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday!
    • 69'
      The plethora of substitutions from both sides has just interrupted the flow of play slightly but Barca are starting to find their feet going forward again, with Neymar and Messi in particular still hungry to add to their goal tally.
    • 71'
      Some unsure defending from Umtiti allows Gabriel to take advantage and win possession for Leganes before driving in through on goal. The former Lyon defender is quick in the retreat, though, and just puts enough pressure on the midfielder to see the subsequent shot on goal be blasted high and wide o
    • 73'
      Neymar is looking to open up his bag of tricks now, which he tends to do when the scoreline is so significant in Barca's favour. On this occasion, he glides forward down the touchline effortlessly before eventually making his way into the box, but some good Leganes defending sees the Brazilian dispo
    • 75'
      What a fantastic challenge from Bustinza!! Alba gets into an advanced position down the left channel and makes his way in behind the opposition defence before squaring inside to Alcacer, who looks poised to score. However, he is thwarted by the retreating Leganes defender, who slides in at the last
    • 77'
      Just over 10 minutes remaining in proceedings here, which may seem like a lifetime for the Leganes players who have wanted to see the final whistle for quite a long time here. It was always going to be a big ask to take anything from Barca in their very first game against the Catalan giants.
    • 80'
      G Gabriel Assist L. Suárez
    • 80'
      Neymar goes into the book now as he concedes a free-kick around 30 yards out. The Brazilian has been kicked off the park at times today, but there is no need to try and get some retribution.
    • 81'
      GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR LEGANES! THEIR FIRST EVER AGAINST BARCELONA! Gabriel steps up and whips a fabulous free-kick into the top right corner past Ter Stegen, who looks crestfallen at the lack of a clean sheet! Leganes have deserved that today. Five-one.
    • 83'
      Fair play to the Leganes fans, who still look happy just to be involved in the Spanish Primera Division never mind getting anything out of a game against the best team in the league. If the promoted side can show similar fight all season, they will be fine in the battle against the drop.
    • 85'
      Leganes are looking for more goals here as they attempt to give their fans one last cheer. On this occasion, Kone eats up the space with a powerful drible before making his way to the byline, but a great tackle from Pique sees the ball go behind for a corner-kick.
    • 87'
      Omar Ramos is the latest player to go into the book here and it is almost for an inevitable challenge on Neymar, failng to win the ball. The Brazilian must, surely, be one of the most fouled players on the planet.
    • 89'
      Just two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee here so Leganes don't have too much time to wait before heading to the changing room. Barca, meanwhile, have scored 12 goals in just two games, which is quite unbelievable.
    • 90'
      Messi has the opportunity to restore the five-goal lead with a free-kick from around 30 yards out, but it is not the Argentine's best as it flashes wide of the right-hand post.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    spain
    Rubén Pérez
    21
    46'Substituted
    Defender
    spain
    Jordi Alba
    18

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Sergi Roberto
    20

    MANAGERS

    spain
    José Luis Martí
    netherlands
    Ronald Koeman

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 26 7
    Yellow Cards 4 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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