First Division - Day 2

Alavés 0 - Barcelona 2

Alavés: Pacheco; Vigaray, Alexis, Rodrigo Ely, Alfonso Pedraza; Tomás Pina, Manu García; Wakaso (Enzo Zidane 77’), Oscar Romero, Ibai Gómez (Burgui 67‘); Rubén Sobrino (Christian Santos 78‘). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Aleix Vidal (Paco Alcácer 57‘), Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta (Paulinho 88’); Sergi Roberto, Messi, Deulofeu (Denis Suárez 71‘). 4-3-3.

0-1. 55. Messi. Picked up Alba pass and struck shot which went in off Alexis.
0-2. 66. Messi. Ran on to Alcácer headed pass and turned shot past Pacheco.

Yellow cards: Umtiti 32’, Wakaso 36’, Eodrigo Ely 38’, Sergi Roberto 41’, Piqué 45’.

Barcelona join Real Sociedad on six points after a 0-2 victory at Alavés on Saturday evening. Pacheco had to make several saves before the break, in particular from a Messi penalty after Ely fouled Piqué in the area. However Messi scored twice after the restart, the first with a shot which went in off Alexis, and the second after picking up a headed pass from Alcácer. Ter Stegen had to keep out Romero after that, but Messi could have had a hat-trick had his shot not hit the bar later on.