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March 16, 2014
• 12:00 PM
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 71764
L. Messi 18', 63', 88'
A. Sánchez 22'
Cristian Tello 78'
Full time in Camp Nou. Barcelona are clear and deserved winners today as they blow away Osasuna with a 7-0 win in the Spanish Primera Division. Lionel Messi netted a hat trick as he became Los Cules' all-time goalscorer with 371 goals, with Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, Cristian Tello, and Andres Iniesta on target also. Tata Martino's men are now four points behind Real Madrid as we go into the Clasico next week. Can't wait for that! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
Assist Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA!! That's SEVEN! Messi, Dani Alves and Pedro all link up before the ball eventually comes to the latter on the edge of the six yard box, who slides a shot into the bottom right corner! It's raining goals in Camp Nou!
Assist Daniel Alves
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA! MESSI'S 25TH HAT TRICK! Dani Alves gets down the right-hand side and latches on to a long pass before easily skipping past Damia and passing in to his team-mate. Messi then coolly and calmly passes into the bottom right corner! Six-nil!
Loties receives the ball to feet the back and spreads the play to the left-hand side for Damia, who looks to go on a marauding run down the left-hand side, but the move breaks down when a heavy touch allows Song to intercept.
Barcelona are just running down the clock now with their short, stabbing passes, so perhaps the goalscoring has finished after all. Busquets, to Song, to Iniesta, and back again, they're not in any rush going forward.
Yellow Card Álvaro Cejudo
Javi Gracia makes another change as Javier Acuna is introduced in place of Oriol Riera, who received a lovely round of applause from the home support after his efforts for Barcelona B over the years.
Ten minutes to go here, and Osasuna just want the final whistle now, they've been out of this game for near enough an hour. Barca probably want to keep going though, they're having a ball out there.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!! A SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM TELLO! In his first touches of the match, the substitute collects the ball on the left before shifting the ball inside and curling a beauty of a strike into the top right corner! What a introduction! Five-nil!
It's another Barcelona substitution as Alexis Sanchez is replaced by Cristian Tello down that left-hand side. Like Pedro, the Chilean has also put his name in the hat to be awarded a start against Real Madrid.
MESSIIIII! He nearly gets his hat trick! In typical fashion, the Barca man glides along the edge of the area and nicks the ball past each challenge before whipping a shot towards the bottom corner, but Andres does well just to parry the attempt away to the right!
Iniestaaaaaa!!! So very nearly another goal! The third goalscorer searches for his second of the match as he looks to latch on to a fizzed cross along the six yard box, but, much like Messi's chance a few moments, fails to extend his leg out to get the shot away.
After Messi's goal a few minutes a go there was a little celebration being shown on the TV at Camp Nou, and it was for one reason: Lionel Messi is now Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer with 370 goals. Unbelievable. The man is only 26!
Second change of the match from Osasuna as Torres is replaced by Francisco Punal, who is La Liga's oldest player at 38-years-old.
He's a whisker away from getting it, too! Pedro takes on Oier once again before cutting inside and threading an incisive pass through the middle of the defence, but the Argentine just can't stretch his leg out to divert the ball past Andres, who comes out to make the claim.
This scoreline will probably be anything Barcelona want it to be. Messi will certainly be hungry for more goals, as he is currently chasing his 25th Barcelona hat trick. Quite amazing really.
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!! WONDERFUL STUFF FROM THE HOSTS! Iniesta and Messi combine inside the box with style before the Argentine glides past a couple challenges to smash a strike into the top right corner! Four-nil!
Pedro has worked tirelessly down that left-hand side for Barcelona tonight. He's given Oier absolutely no time on the ball to rest and has always been in his face trying to steal possession. The Spaniard is staking a real claim for a starting berth in the Clasico next week.
Tata Martino makes his first change of the match as Xavi is replaced in the middle of midfield by Alex Song, who's awarded some game time.
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
A real miscommunication between Bartra and Mascherano at the back nearly creates an opening for Osasuna but none of Javi Gracia's men are wise to the mistake and the ball eventually finds it's way back to Valdes. The home side got away with that one there.
Well, Osasuna can take heart from the fact they've lasted the first 10 minutes of the second half without conceding again. Barca haven't found the same rhythm as the opening 45, but they'll more than likely find their groove again. It took them 15 minutes at the start of the game to find their feet.
Decent little period of possession for Osasuna at the moment. Raoul Loe is at the heart of it as he just sits deep in midfield and sprays a couple of lovely passes out to the wide areas. Let's see if the visitors can make anything from this period of pressure.
Unlucky Iniesta. Alba, who has been brilliant on the overlap for Barca, gets in behind the Osasuna defence once again and reverses a pass to the penalty spot. His team-mate whips a left-footed shot at goal but Andres gets his body behind the attempt to make the save.
Pedrooooo! Ohhh what a goal that would have been! The 26-year-old drifts past two defenders with a Marseille turn and a stepover before bursting into the box. All that's missing is the finish though as he lashes a strike into the sidenet! That's a real pity!
The first yellow card of the match goes to Arribas and it's for not one, but two rather vicious challenges on Alexis down the right wing. The second one was particularly naughty as he looked to shift his boot into the stomach of the Chilean. A deserved entry into the book.
Yellow Card Arribas
Good defending from Damia. Alba shows a tremendous change of pace down the left and gets beyond the defender before dinking a cross to the back post. Alexis looks to get a shot away but the former Barcelona defender eases the ball out for a goal kick.
We are back under way in Camp Nou!
Half time in Camp Nou. Barcelona are certainly in the mood this afternoon as they have blew away Osasuna in this opening half. Goals from Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta have all but sealed the points already, but you get the feeling there's going to be more goals to come from Tata Martino's men!
Osasuna haven't scored in their last two games, but they'll need three at the Camp Nou if they are going to salvage something from this. Not looking likely. Is the game over before we even see the break?
Barca are just in scintillating form here. Alba skips past a couple of challenges before laying back to Iniesta, who finds Dani Alves on the right with an absolutely sensational pass with the outside of his foot. The passes on show are just a joy to behold.
Javi Gracia's men actually made a very decent start and got some decent crosses into the box, but once Barca upped the tempo they have been powerless to resist the champions.
Osasuna are absolutely begging for the half time whistle here. Barca are completely running over the top of them, and the way this is going, we're only going to see goals goals goals for Los Cules.
Dani Alveeeeeees! Great save by Andres! The Brazilian collects the ball 30 yards out on the right wing and drives a powerful strike towards goal. It looks like it's going to dip under the bar, but the Osasuna keeper retreats to tip over the bar!
That was a very popular goal among the Barcelona fans there! Iniesta has been through some tragic times in his personal life recently, so receives a warm round of applause from his home support. That'll mean a lot to him.
GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! What a strike from Andres Iniesta! He receives the ball on the edge of the box before rifling a stunning left-footed strike into the right corner! His weak foot aswell! Three-nil!
Really good covering work from Raoul Loe. Iniesta got beyond Oier and made his way into the box, looking to pull the trigger or find a pass, but the Cameroonian sprints back and out-muscles the Barca man to steal the ball.
When Barcelona set up their little triangles between themselves in the middle of the park it can be impossible to play against at times. Iniesta, Alves, and Xavi just gave some Osasuna players the run around as they kept the ball for just over a minute with short passes.
Pedro collects the ball on the left-hand side and leaves Oier for dead before hitting the byline and lashing a cross into the box, but there's no takers for Barcelona this time and Osasuna manage to clear.
Messi finds himself surrounded by, it must be five Osasuna players in the middle of the park, but somehow managed to wriggle free and lay the ball back to Xavi. Wonderful work by the Argentine.
This promises to be a long afternoon for Osasuna, as Barca are really looking in the mood and seem to have a sharpness about their passing which has been missing in recent domestic games. Quite ominous for the visitors.
Assist Jordi Alba
Goal Alexis Sánchez
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL FOR BARCELONA! THE HOSTS QUICKLY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Alba exchanged a lovely one-two with Iniesta on the edge of the box before hitting the byline and cutting a cross into the box. Alexis Sanchez gets beyond the defender to divert the ball home! Two-nil!
Osasuna are really struggling to cope with this now, they just cant handle the tempo of Barcelona's passing and moving.
Barca look to be turning on the style here! Another wonderful passing move in and around the box sees the ball end up with Pedro, but his shot goes just wide. The efforts of the attackers are applauded by the Camp Nou crowd, though.
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! What a move! Pedro takes on Oier down the left-hand side before reversing a cross into the box for Xavi, who lays the ball into the path of Alexis. The Chilean picks out Messi at the front post who wonderfully flicks the ball with soft touch into the bottom corner! One-nil!
That was our first real glimpse of Messi, and it looked promising!
Fantastic challenge from Loties! Messi receives a neat flick from Alexis before typically driving at goal with pace. He looks to shift the ball on to his left foot for a shot at goal but he Osasuna defender just managed to stab the ball away with a perfectly timed tackle. Nearly an opening for Barca!
That's wild from Cejudo. A corner kick is floated to the back post and cleared out by Barcelona, but the Osasuna man sees it all the way and attempts to volley at goal, but his attempt goes high and wide into the Camp Nou crowd.
Pedrooooo! Just wide! Iniesta curls a pass in behind the Osasuna defence and the 26-year-old looks to dink the ball over the oncoming Andres, but Loties comes in with a superb challenge to put him off, forcing him to shoot just past the post.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL FOR OSASUNA! WAIT! NO! OFFSIDE! Oriol Riera diverts a loose ball inside the box past Victor Valdes but the celebrations are cut short after the linesman puts his flag up! A wake up call for Barca there!
Great work from Oriol Riera. The Osasuna striker chases down what looks like a lost cause into the corner but eventually robs Alba of possession before driving into the box and earning a corner kick out of Bartra.
Alexis Sancheeeezzz! Unlucky! The Chilean pops up on the right channel once again and cuts into the box before slicing a half volley towards goal that goes just over the bar! It certainly had Andres worried in between the sticks for Osasuna!
Alexis receives the ball to feet on the right and plays a neat pass back inside before being bundled over by Damia. A needless foul really, but Barca get the free kick, which they take quickly and spread the play across the park.
It's Dani Alves' turn this time to stretch his legs down the flank. He does so before shifting the ball inside and making a run in behind the defence. He attempts to get the return pass from Messi but is eventually flagged as offside.
Damia knocks the ball past Dani Alves on the left wing and makes a burst down the touchline to latch on to the loose ball, but it just has a little too much pace and goes out for a Barca throw in.
We are under way in Catalunya!
The teams have made their way on to the pitch, so just a few moments from kick off now!
No matter what happens in El Clasico next weekend, Barcelona will still be behind Real Madrid's points tally in the league, but they need to make sure they squeeze the gap before the massive clash at Santiago Bernabeu.
However, they battled to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at El Sadar earlier in the season, so will certainly take heart from this as they try to get something out of this game today.
Camp Nou has not been a happy hunting ground for Osasuna in recent years. Javi Garcia's outfit have lost all of there last five matches against the champions, conceding 21 goals.
Barca coach, Martino has made some interesting alterations to his first XI with the Clasico coming up next weekend. Gerard Pique is on the verge of a suspension and has not been risked, with Marc Bartra coming in to partner Javier Mascherano in defence. Neymar and Fabregas also miss out, with Pedro and Alexis Sanchez awarded a start.
However, Los Cules did manage to knock out Manchester City in the Champions League midweek, so will be hoping to channel their European form back into domestic matches.
Tata Martino's men are looking to bounce back after their shock 1-0 defeat to Valladolid last week, as they now find themselves seven points behind league leader, Real Madrid, with a game in hand.
Osasuna (4-3-3): Andres; Oier, Loties, Arribas, Damia; Cejudo, Raoul Loe, Silva; Armenteros, R. Torres, Oriol Riera.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Pedro.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good afternoon folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Barcelona and Osasuna from Camp Nou!
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