First Division - Day 7

Barcelona 3 - Las Palmas 0

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Aleix Vidal (Iniesta 46‘, André Gomes 84‘), Busquets, Paulinho (Rakitic 46’); Messi, Luis Suárez, Denis Suárez. 4-3-3.
Las Palmas: Chichizola; Michel Macedo, Lemos, Ximo Navarro, Borja Herrera; Hernán (Vicente Gómez 78’), Aquilani; Tannane, Jonathan Viera, Tana (Toledo 78’); Calleri. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 49. Busquets. Got above defence to head Messi corner wide of Chicharola.
2-0. 70. Messi. Picked up Denis Suárez pass and rounded keeper to score.
3-0. 77. Messi. Struck shot past keeper after Luis Suárez played on Rakitic pass.

Yellow cards: Paulinho 33’, Piqué 35’, Busquets 45’, Jordi Alba 45’, Luis Suárez 51’, Ximo Navarro 59’.

Barcelona extended their lead at the top to five points after they beat Las Palmas 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The match was eventually played behind closed doors due to security concerns on the day of the controversial Catalan referendum, and as always Messi stepped up to the plate, floating in a corner soon after the restart for Busquets to head the opener, and then adding two more later on. Calleri did hit the post before all of that, but it was a first defeat for new coach Pako Ayestarán, who took over from Manuel Márquez a few days ago.