Barcelona scores five against Las Palmas and conquers La Liga’s second place
This Saturday (14), at the Camp Nou, Barcelona didn’t let Las Palmas breathe and made a 5-0 rout, taking back La Liga’s second place. Messi, Turan, Vidal and Suárez, twice, guaranteed the rout. This Thursday, the catalan team will go to Anoeta to face Real Sociedad, for Copa del Rey’s quarter finals.
First half –
Five minutes into the game and Barcelona noticed that crossing through Las Palmas’ defense wouldn’t be easy. But after many passes in search of space, the Catalan team shook the net. At 13 minutes, Vidal passed to André Gomez, who launched for Suárez to open the score. After the goal, the squad seemed to let loose and found more chances to score.
Even with total control of the game, Las Palmas wouldn’t let it go easy and the idea of a second goal seemed distant for both. At 33, Arda Turan got the ball on the left, centered ir and kicked to the goal, but the goalkeeper defended. On the rebound, Messi tried to make magic to recover the ball and kick it, but sent it out.
At 42, after falling close to the area, Messi had the chance to score his fourth free-kick goal in a row in four games, but despite the good kick, the goalkeeper defended. Close to the end of the duel, the number 10 won another chance after stealing the ball from a defender and running face to face with the goalkeeper. When he went for the kick, Varas did well and defended, making this the last good play of the first half.
Second half –
Already at 50 minutes of the game, Suáez left Messi face to face with Varas once again, but the player kicked bladly and sent it out. Redeeming himself in the following minute, Turan found Rafinha on the left and the Brazilian made a good launch for the Argentine to finally score. Soon after, not letting Las Palmas breathe, Turan and Rafinha made the same play, but this time it was Suárez who was gifted with the goal.
58 minutes and yet another goal. Messi made a good launch to Suárez, but Varas stopped his kick. On the rebound, Arda Turan appeared to score. Barcelona breezed through Camp Nou, while Las Palmas rarely touched the ball. The Catalan team also took the good situation of the duel to make some substitutions, but Neymar Jr., who sat on the bench today, didn’t come in.
Barcelona seemed to have taken the foot out of the accelerator and started playing through passes without danger, but one more goal did fit inside the adversary’s net. At 80 minutes, Aleix exchanged passes with Álcacer and when the ball went to the center, the right-sider didn’t lose the chance and scored his goal. Without any more great plays and with a slow pace, the referee whistles and the duel ends.
Photo: Pep Morata