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Barcelona vs Espanyol 5-0 - All Goals & Extended Highlights - La Liga 09/09/2017 HD
Goals: Lionel Messi 26' 35' 67' (hat-trick), Gerard Pique 87', Luis Suarez 90' (Ousmane Dembele Assist)
Spanish La Liga
Barcelona vs Espanyol
7:45pm Saturday 9th September
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alba, Umtiti
Subs: Cillessen, Dembélé, Mascherano, Paulinho, Alcácer, Digne, André Gomes
Espanyol: Pau Lopez, Aaron, Victor S, Gerard, Leo Baptistao, David Lopez, Javi Fuego, Piatti, Diop, Hermoso, Darder
Subs: Lopez, Navarro, Naldo, Garcia, Jurado, Didac, Roca
Barcelona's board can't seem to do much right off the field lately but Messi and his cohorts can't put a foot wrong. They have played three games this season in the league, won all three, scored nine and not conceded a goal either on that run.
With their likely rivals for the title dropping points in two of their first three games, Barcelona now sit atop the Liga table until at least Sunday when Real Sociedad play as they have also won their first two.
Lionel Messi scored his 16th goal in 22 Catalan derbies in the 26th minute from a clearly offside position to give Barcelona a lead they would never relinquish. The Argentinian was slowly making his way back towards the ball when Rakitic found him with a lovely defense splitting pass. The whistle never sounded, however, and Messi carried on, driving to the roof of the net to give Barca the lead.
He had his second after a nice move involving Jordi Alba as the left-back poked it towards Messi at the front post and he helped it beyond Pau Lopez as Barcelona were looking increasingly comfortable againt their Catalan neighbours.
Pablo Piatti drove a shot off the post that rebounded back into play and that was as close as Espanyol would come as they were struggling to find the balance between flooding Barca's defense and minding the house to make sure there was something to play for in the second half.
They managed to keep it together until the break but it was more of the same from Barca after it.
They had chances with Messi and Suarez lurking for more goals before Messi did make it 3-0 and sealed his hat-trick in the process. The number 10 started the move with a pass to Suarez and when the Uruguyuan lost out, it fell to Alba and he cut it back to Messi before the Argentinian slotted home to send Barcelone truly on the way.
Ousmane Dembele came on to the cheers of the Camp Nou crowd but at that stage, the three points were in the bag. Paulinho entered the fray too in place of Busquets as Barcelona showed off their summer business with Andre Gomes joining them late on from the bench.
It was one of their stalwarts, however, who added the fourth when Gerard Piqué rose highest for a corner and headed home with just minutes remaining. That wasn't it though as Andre Gomes found Dembele, who must have been keen to score on his debut, but he decided to hit Luis Suarez in stride and the Uruguyuan finished with a lovely left-footed finish to make it 5-0 and turn it into a proper humiliation for Espanyol.
Valverde had the chance to rest Busquets and as they sit and wait for Juventus in the Camp Nou on Tuesday as they try to kickstart their Champions League in the same fashion as they started their Liga campaign. As for Espanyol? That game was never one that had chalked down for a win but the manner of the defeat is troubling considering how little they created and how easily they came undone when Messi landed the first.