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Barcelona vs Leganés, full-time: Lionel Messi hat-trick gives Barça another win

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-1 Leganés: One great half, one bad half, two-goal win. Valverde Ball is predictable and frustrating, but it gets the job done.


GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Leganés (Messi 87’): Just when it looked like Barça were in danger of not winning the game, Lionel Messi completes his hat-trick with an oportunistic finish inside the box.


GOAL, Barcelona 2-1 Leganés (El Zhar 69’): Oh boy, we have a game! El Zhar finds himself alone inside the box and fires home the first goal for the visitors. Barça fell asleep in the early minutes of the second half and paid for it. Will they wake up now?


HALF-TIME, Barcelona 2-0 Leganés: This is pretty easy, and Barça have made it a lot easier by their play. Lionel Messi with two goals and the whole team playing pretty well, and it’s been a nice watch so far. Here’s hoping it continues.


GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Leganés (Messi 32’): Pretty good high pressing from Barça gives them the ball high up the pitch, then Philippe Coutinho finds Messi with a brilliant assist and Leo can’t miss such an easy chance. It’s now 2-0 and Barça are having a very easy night so far.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Leganés (Messi 27’): Lionel Messi, free-kick, corner of the net. You already know.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Leganés: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Semedo; Dembélé, Rakitic, Gomes, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

Substitutes: Cillessen, Umtiti, Alba, Paulinho, Denis, Iniesta, Alcácer

LEGANÉS

Starting XI: Cuéllar; Zaldúa, Bustinza, Siovas, Raúl; Pérez, Gabriel; Omar, Eraso, El Zhar; Amrabat

Substitutes: Champagne, Tito, Gumbau, Guerrero, Beauvue, Muñoz, Brasanac


It’s La Liga day! Barcelona have pratically guaranteed a place in the Champions League semi-final, so now their job is to guarantee the league title. The draw against Sevilla was a great result because of the circumstances of that game, but the gap over Atlético Madrid is back to single digits and the Blaugrana can’t afford to be dropping points again.

Leganés are a dangerous team when they want to be, and their best performances this season came against the top sides in the league. Real Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey against them, and they have some really nice pieces in midfield and attack. They won’t be relegated so they have nothing to lose, so Barça have to pay attention and play their best ball to get three points.

So join us for the LIVE BLOG to follow along! It’ll be fun!

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MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 31

Date/Time: Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

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Matchday Thread Rules

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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do will be warned, and those who post links will be banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

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