Barcelona remain top of La Liga with crushing victory over Osasuna


Barcelona followed up Sunday's Clasico victory over Real Madrid with a proper thumping of Osasuna on Wednesday.

Barca opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Lionel Messi while Andre Gomes doubled the lead before the half-time interval.

Roberto Torres pulled a goal back for the visitors after the break but Gomes and Messi each bagged their second strikes of the game while striker Paco Alcacer completed his brace.

Javier Mascherano slotted home a penalty for his first league goal in seven years.

Barcelona, as expected started the game on the front foot and bossed the ball from the moment the ref blew his whistle to signal the start the game.

They initially struggled to break down a stubborn Osasuna side, who clearly came with a plan to keep the score down.

It was a mistake from the visitors though that allowed Barca to take the lead, when in the 12th minute, Fausto Tienza passed the ball straight to Messi on the halfway line and the forward raced clear to lob the keeper.

Barcelona kept pushing and probing, as they enjoyed more than 80 per cent of the possession, but initially did not create any clear chances.

On 26 minutes Gerrard Pique floated a ball to pick out striker Paco Alcacer in the box, and the former Valencia man cleverly knocked it down for the oncoming Messi, who blasted over the crossbar.

The second goal was coming though, and it subsequently came on the half-hour mark when Osasuna failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell to Andre Gomes who drilled home.

The visitors, astonishingly, pulled a goal back three minutes after the half-time break when Torres curled home a beautiful free-kick past a stranded Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.

However, that goal just seemed to awake the beast as Barca went on a scoring spree, netting four goals inside 10 minutes.

Gomes netted his second in the 57th minute, and Messi completed his brace to make it 4-1 four minutes later while Alcacer slotted home in the 64th minute.

The biggest cheer of the night, however, came on 67 minutes when Javier Mascherano converted a penalty to score his first league goal in seven years.

But Alcacer rounded off the scoring close to full-time as Barcelona completed a commanding 7-1 victory to remain at the top of La Liga.