First Division - Day 34

Barcelona 7 - Osasuna 1

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Digne; Denis Suárez, Busquets, Rakitic, André Gomes; Messi (Carles Aleñá 63’), Paco Alcácer, Arda Turan. 3-4-3.
Osasuna: Sirigu; Buñuel, Oier, Steven Mondragón, Fuentes; Fausto Tienza, Fran Mérida (Causic 79‘); Jaime Romero (Olavide 72’), De las Cuevas, Roberto Torres; Sergio León (Kenan Kodro 73’). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 12. Messi. Intercepted Fausto pass in midfield and ran on to lob Sirigu.
2-0. 30. André Gomes. First time shot inside near post after Rakitic crossed in.
2-1. 48. Roberto Torres. Curled free kick over defensive wall wide of Ter Stegen.
3-1. 57. André Gomes. Drilled ball back in to net after Piqué shot came off post.
4-1. 61. Messi. Picked up Rakitic pass and fired long shot wide of keeper.
5-1. 64. Paco Alcácer. Ran on to Arda Turan pass and lifted shot past Sirigu.
6-1. 67. Mascherano (penalty). After Fran Mérida tripped Denis Suárez in area.
7-1. 86. Paco Alcácer. Collected Denis Suárez pass and rounded keeper to score.

Yellow cards: None.

Barcelona thrashed bottom club Osasuna 7-1 on Wednesday evening to make sure of top spot for another few days, albeit having played a game more than Real Madrid, who they lead on goal difference. Luis Enrique rested some of his key players after the weekend win at the Bernabeu stadium, but Messi was in the starting line up, and with only twelve minutes gone he intercepted a poor pass by Fausto Tienza to run on and lob the ball over Sirigu. André Gomes added a second after Rakitic set him up on the half hour mark, and only a good save by Sirigu prevented Paco Alcácer from adding a third before the break. The visitors came in to the match with eleven players out through injury, but they put up a brave fight, Roberto Torres getting one back after the restart with a well struck free kick, and Ter Stegen having to save from Torres a few minutes later. Sirigu pushed a Mascherano header on to the post soon afterwards however, and André Gomes and Messi added two more in a four minute period around the hour mark. Messi handed over his place to youngster Aleñá after that, but Alcácer scored two more, and Mascherano also got in on the act from the penalty spot, his first goal for the club after 319 games! A heavy defeat in the end for the Pamplona based side, and a victory for Leganés later in the evening meant that they are already mathematically relegated.