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Barcelona v Leganés Live Commentary, 17/06/2020

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2 - 0
BAR
LEG
Ansu Fati (42)
L. Messi (69 pen)
Camp Nou

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That's all for today, goodbye! 
Barca have given themselves a bit of breathing space above Real Madrid in the table before they face Valencia on Thursday, but the league leaders have a tough match next up when they travel to third place Sevilla. As for Leganes, they stay bottom of the table and are currently three points from safety. Aguirre will be hoping they can bounce back when they face Real Mallorca next time out. 
Barcelona go five points clear at the top of LaLiga with a 2-0 win over Leganes. Fati opened the scoring for the home side minutes before half-time when he coolly slotted past Cuellar from the edge of the box into the bottom-right corner. It looked like Griezmann had doubled their lead with a close-range finish in the second half, only for it to be ruled out for offside. Messi then won a penalty for his side and converted from the spot to score his 699th career goal and secure the points for his team.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-0 LEGANES.
90' + 5' Aguirre isn't happy with one of the referee's decisions and he's been complaining about it to the fourth official. The referee is told and he shows the manager a red card and sends him off.
I. Rakitić
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 3' Rakitic catches Assale with a very late challenge and he's booked by the referee.
90' + 2' Messi is urging Barca forward once again and he switches play out to Semedo on the right wing. The right-back swings a cross into the box but can't pick out a team-mate and Leganes are able to clear their lines.
90' Leganes have a free-kick on the right wing and it's hit by Perez. There's a flick on in the box from one of the Barcelona players and Ter Stegen reacts quickly to turn it past the post.
Junior Firpo
Yellow Card
Barcelona
89' Firpo is the latest player to be booked after he catches Ruibal with a late challenge. 
88' GREAT SAVES! Barca are causing Leganes some real problems now and it's Puig that has a shot when he's played in by Messi. There's a lot of players in the box but Cuellar comes off his line to make the save. They take the corner quickly and it falls to Puig, but Cuellar is off his line to deny the substitute again.
87' Barcelona are knocking the ball around confidently as they play out from the back again. It's great play from the home side but Vidal hesitates when it comes through to him and he loses out to Tarin.
Bryan Gil
Recio
Leganés
85' Final change for Leganes now as Recio is replaced by Bryan.
85' Leganes have a free-kick in a good position and it's floated in by Perez. He can't pick out one of his team-mates though and Rakitic rises highest in the middle to clear it.
C. Lenglet
Yellow Card
Barcelona
84' Just seconds later, Lenglet is shown a yellow card when he jumps to head the ball away and catches Carrillo in the head with his elbow.
Riqui Puig
Yellow Card
Barcelona
84' Puig loses the ball to Perez and ends up fouling the midfielder in his attempt to win the ball back so the referee shows him a yellow card.
S. Umtiti
Yellow Card
Barcelona
83' Yellow Card Samuel Yves Umtiti
C. Awaziem
Yellow Card
Leganés
82' Messi drops deep to pick up the ball and Awaziem is shown a yellow card when he clumsily brings him down.
82' CLOSE! Carrillo just manages to stay inside as Perez knocks the ball into his path. He turns so he's facing goal and takes the shot from outside the box. Ter Stegen's beaten, but the shot is just wide of the near post.
80' Puig makes a driving run down the left and cuts back inside as he tries to get into the box. Bustinza gets across to him but pushes the substitute and give away a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Rakitic fires it over the bar.
78' Leganes are trying to catch Barcelona out by mounting a quick attack, but their play in the final third is sloppy. Recio picks up the ball on the right wing but his first touch is poor which allows Firpo to get across and win back possession for his side.
76' The ball goes out of play which allows the referee to pause the game again so the players can go off for another cooling break.
74' Assale makes a good run down the right wing and cut the ball back to Recio on the edge of the box. He's quickly closed down by Lenglet so he gets his shot away first time, but it's blocked by the defender.
S. Umtiti
Piqué
Barcelona
73' Pique is the other player to make way as Umtiti comes on in his place.
Riqui Puig
Arthur
Barcelona
73' Setien also makes a double substitution with Arthur coming off to be replaced by Puig.
G. Carrillo
Guerrero
Leganés
71' There's another double change for Leganes now as Aguirre brings on Carrillo for Guerrero.
Kévin Rodrigues
J. Silva
Leganés
70' Silva also makes way as Rodrigues is brought onto the field.
L. Messi
Penalty Goal
Barcelona
69' MESSI SCORES! The penalty stands and Messi places the ball onto the spot. It's a good spot-kick from the captain as he sends Cuellar the wrong way and finds the bottom-right corner to double Barca's lead. 2-0 Barcelona!
Rubén Pérez
Yellow Card
Leganés
67' Perez isn't happy with the penalty decision and he's shown a yellow card for dissent.
67' PENALTY TO BARCA! Three Leganes players try to bring Messi down as he dribbles his way into the box and eventually, it's Silva that gets across to him and brings him to ground. The referee is in no doubt as he points to the spot, but VAR are having a look at the decision.
66' NO GOAL! There wasn't much in it, but Semedo's left foot was offside when he got the ball from Messi on the right. VAR has had a look at it and the goal doesn't stand! Still 1-0 Barcelona.
64' GRIEZMANN SCORES! It's great build-up play from Barcelona as Semedo puts the cross into the middle of the box. Greizmann gets in behind Awaziem and Cuellar quickly comes off his line to close him down but the Frenchman coolly slots it into the bottom-right corner, but this could be ruled out for an offside...
I. Amadou
Eraso
Leganés
63' Leganes make another change now as well and Amadou comes on for Eraso.
A. Vidal
Sergio Busquets
Barcelona
63' Setien makes his third change of the game now and it's Busquets making way for Vidal.
62' Messi finds himself in some space through the middle and he plays a good pass over the top to try and pick out Suarez. It looks like the substitute is in on goal but Awaziem gets across to flick it behind for a corner.
60' Leganes are keeping hold of the ball well at the moment and are patiently trying to move out of their own half and put some pressure on Barcelona as they try to get back into the game.
58' Pique has been moved to the side of the pitch so he can continue to receive some treatment, but it doesn't look serious and he'll be able to carry on.
56' Pique went into a sliding challenge on Assale and it caught by the substitute on his knee. He stays down and looks to be in a lot of pain as the medical team come onto the field to give him some treatment.
54' Leganes have their first shot on target after Assale has a go from outside the box. He keeps the shot low and it bounces just in front of Ter Stegen, but the goalkeeper holds onto it. 
L. Suárez
Ansu Fati
Barcelona
54' The goal scorer, Fati, is the other player to make way as Suarez comes onto the pitch.
Nélson Semedo
Sergi Roberto
Barcelona
53' Barcelona are making a double change now and Roberto is the first to make way as Semedo comes on.
52' Fati has become the second-youngest player to score five scores in LaLiga in the 21st century (17 years, 229 days) after Bojan Krkic (17 years, 201 days).
51' Messi goes for goal with the free-kick as he curls it towards the near post. It's a comfortable height for the goalkeeper and he gets across his line quickly to catch it and deny the Barcelona captain.
50' Messi dribbles his way forward with the ball and he's brought down by Recio to win a free-kick in a good position. He sets down the ball and he's going to be the one to take it.
48' Barcelona have picked up where they left off in the first half and are forcing Leganes to sit back on the edge of their box. The away side are keeping them out so far though.
46' Barcelona get us back underway for the second half!
R. Assalé
Roque Mesa
Leganés
46' Aguirre makes one change before the start of the second half as he brings on Assale for Mesa.
Setien's team saw a lot of the ball before the break, but it took them a long time to get in behind Leganes' defence. If they start the second half the way they finished the first, they look like they could cause them some real problems. Leganes started strongly but sat back as the half went on. They looked dangerous going forward and, if they can get Guerrero into the game more, they could get themselves back into this game.
Barcelona dominated in the first half and take a 1-0 lead over Leganes into half-time. It was the away side that created the early chances with Guerrero having one chance blocked by Lenglet and hitting the post with his second minutes later. Barca grew into the game though and took the lead through Fati in the 42nd minute when he coolly slotted his shot into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 LEGANES.
45' + 1' Leganes are still on the back foot as Barca come at them again, this time through Fati's driving run down the left. He curls a cross into the box and Messi is waiting under it, but Tarin rises above him to clear his lines.
44' CLOSE! Barca are on the attack again as they try to double their lead just before half-time. It's a great cross into the box from Roberto and Messi is unmarked as he rises to meet it. He flicks his header on, but his effort is just wide of the far post.
Ansu Fati
Goal
Barcelona
42' BARCELONA LEAD! They've finally managed to break through Leganes' defence and Fati puts them ahead. Firpo touches the ball onto him on the edge of the box. He takes a touch before driving his low shot past Cuellar and into the bottom-right corner. 1-0 Barca!
Junior Firpo
Assist
Barcelona
42' It's slightly messy from Firpo when he cuts inside from the left as he's blocked by Awaziem. He manages to keep hold of the ball though and plays the pass into Fati before he's brought down.
41' Leganes have all of their players back in their own half at the moment as they close down the space ahead of Barcelona and stop them from getting into the box.
39' Barcelona are just starting to put more pressure on Leganes now as Messi dribbles his way into the box. He tries to knock it onto Griezmann, but Awaziem makes a good block to put it out for a corner.
Bustinza
Yellow Card
Leganés
37' Bustinza is shown the first yellow card of the game as he uses a rugby tackle to drag Messi to the ground.
36' Leganes are pressing high up the field to try and put Pique under pressure but he knocks it back to Ter Stegen. Guerrero is quickly closing him down and the forward is just millimetres from intercepting his pass to Busquets.
34' Barcelona are on the front foot again following the restart and there's a nervy moment at the back from Leganes as they try to deal with Roberto's pass. Awaziem heads it back to Cuellar but his clearance loops up and he just manages to avoid giving away a corner.
32' The referee's whistle has gone and the players are all making their way to the edge of the pitch for the cooling break.
30' GOOD CHANCE! Rakitic curls another good cross into the box from the right and Griezmann is waiting for it in the middle. He gets his head to it, but the ball is slightly behind him and he can't direct his header on target.
28' Rakitic gets his head up just outside the box once again and plays another good throughball into the box towards Griezmann. He pulls away from Bustinza but Cuellar is alert to the danger and is quickly off his line to collect it.
26' The home side are still dominating in possession as they continue to try and play out from the back, but they're struggling to break through Leganes' defence and have their first shot.
24' Messi is brought down on the right wing and wins a free-kick which he takes. Pique pulls away from his defender in the middle as he tries to get on the end of the captain's cross but Cuellar comes off his line to collect it. 
22' Eraso is being tightly marked by Roberto down the left and is complaining to the referee as he thinks he's being held back by the midfielder. He doesn't get a free-kick though and Leganes attack comes to an end.
20' Messi picks up the ball just outside the box and tries to dribble past Tarin, but it's a brilliantly timed tackle from the defender to dispossess him. It falls to Rakitic and he tries to square it to Griezmann, but once again, Leganes' defenders are there to block the way into the penalty area.
18' Rakitic spots an opening in Leganes' defence and chips the ball over Tarin as he looks to pick out Griezmann. He times his run perfectly, but can't control it and it bounces through to Cuellar.
16' Barcelona are still seeing a lot of the ball but they haven't caused their opponents too many problems yet as they continue to slowly play out from the back. They're looking for Fati down the left again, but the pass to him from Rakitic is overhit.
14' CLOSE! Another nervy moment for Barca as Leganes get in behind them once again. Eraso puts the cross in from the left and it's headed onto Guerrero by Mesa. The forward is at a tight angle on the right when he takes the shot and he beats Ter Stegen, but it grazes the outside of the far post.
12' GREAT BLOCK! It looks like the chance has been wasted for Leganes as Eraso dawdles with the ball when one-on-one with Ter Stegen and Pique tackles him. The away side keep hold of it though and Guerrero takes a shot from the right of the box, but Lenglet is covering the keeper and blocks it.
10' Firpo plays a good one-two with Fati down the left wing and the left-back is brought down by Bustinza near the corner flag before he can put a cross into the box. The free-kick doesn't come to anything for the home side.
8' Barca have won six of their last seven LaLiga games against Leganes (L1); their only defeat against them was at Butarque in September 2018 (1-2).
6' Leganes are struggling to get a touch on the ball as Barcelona knock it around in their own half confidently. They're happy to just keep possession instead of pushing forward at the moment.
4' Firpo slides the ball through to Fati on the left side of the box and he tries to cut it back to Griezmann from the byline. It's played behind the Frenchman and Messi can't get to it before Tarin clears his lines.
2' Barcelona are seeing a lot of the ball early on here and Roberto tries a long cross-field pass to try and pick out Fati on the left wing. There's not enough on it though and Bustinza is able to head it clear. 
1' Guerrero gets the game underway for Leganes!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 26 home LaLiga games, winning 24 of them (D2). Their last defeat at home in the competition was in November 2018 against Real Betis when they lost 4-3.
Javier Aguirre makes six changes to his side from last time out, bringing in Tarin, Recio, Perez, Ruibal, Eraso and Guerrero. They replace Omeruo, Rosales, Amadou, Rodrigues and Carrillo who are on the bench with Oscar Rodriguez Arnaiz suspended.
Quique Setien makes five changes to the team that beat Mallorca, as Lenglet, Firpo, Arthur, Rakitic and Fati come into the starting line-up. Araujo, Vidal, De Jong and Braithwaite drop to the bench while Jordi Alba misses out through suspension. If Messi scores twice, he would reach the 700 career goals landmark.
LEGANES SUBS: Javier Aviles, Kenneth Omeruo, Ibrahim Amadou, Roberto Rosales, Guido Carrillo, Pablo Lombo, Roger Assale, Bryan Gil, Juan Soriano, Ivan Amores, Marc Navarro, Kevin Rodrigues.
LEGANES STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Ivan Cuellar; Unai Bustinza, Rodrigo Tarin, Chidozie Awaziem, Jonathan Silva; Recio, Ruben Perez; Aitor Ruibal, Roque Mesa, Javier Eraso; Miguel Angel Guerrero.
BARCELONA SUBS: Alex Collado, Monchu, Ronald Araujo, Martin Braithwaite, Arturo Vidal, Luis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Inaki Pena, Neto, Nelson Semedo, Frenkie de Jong.
BARCELONA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati.
Barcelona returned to action with an impressive 4-0 win over Real Mallorca and could put a five-point gap between themselves and Real Madrid at the top of the table as their rivals don't play until Thursday. Leganes go into the game bottom of the table after Espanyol's draw earlier and are in desperate need of points if they want to get out of the relegation zone. They'll be wanting to bounce back with a good result after a 2-1 loss to Real Valladolid at the weekend.
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