Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in what looks like an unstoppable march to the title thanks to a fantastic 6-1 win over Girona at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana conceded after just 3 minutes but had a spectacular performance after that, scoring some beautiful goals and play the best football we’ve seen all season from the leaders.
The game started with a horrible mistake from the Barça defense and a goal from Portu after just two minutes, and it looked like a long night was ahead. But Luis Suárez equalized just a couple of minutes later, and that started a simply spectacular first half performance from the hosts.
With Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé wreaking havoc in the Girona defense with their pace, skill and passing, the Blaugrana created chance after chance against a desperate defense that kept scrambling to block shots and stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.
But the pressure was just too big, and in the final 15 minutes Barça found the goals to turn this into a big win: Lionel Messi scored twice, including a gorgeous free kick under the wall, and Coutinho gave Suárez a tap-in just before halftime to put the leaders up 4-1.
At halftime, a sensational game from the Blaugrana gave them a great lead. Could they score more goals in the second to make the win even better?
The show continued in the second half, and Barça completed their best performance of the season with a couple more goals: first, Philippe Coutinho scored his first in La Liga with a trademark Coutinho strike from outside the box into the top corner, then Suárez made it 6-1 and completed his hat-trick. There could have been more goals, but a few poor efforts and some good saves kept the score from being even bigger.
The final whistle came, and the Camp Nou was treated to a fantastic night. This was the Barça we fell in love with, and the Messi-Suárez-Coutinho-Dembélé quartet looks like it could be a devastating group of superstars. This team looked amazing tonight, and let’s hope for more of this in the final months of the season.
The only piece of bad news: Nélson Semedo has a hamstring injury and could be out for a while on the night where he looked like a million bucks. What a shame.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué (Vermaelen), Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic (Roberto), Busquets (Paulinho); Dembélé, Messi, Coutinho; Suárez
Goals: Suárez (5’, 44’, 76’), Messi (30’, 36’), Coutinho (66’)
Girona: Bounou; Ramalho, Bernardo, Juanpe; Maffeo, Pons, Granell, Aday (Planas); Portu (Douglas), Lozano, Borja García (Aleix García)
Goal: Portu (3’)