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Barcelona 3-0 Alavés Final Score: Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho secure win

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Three points in the bag

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GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Alaves: Messi rounds things off with Barcelona’s third and that’s it!!! All over at the Camp Nou and Barcelona take all three points.


SECOND HALF! Barcelona 2-0 Alaves: Coutinhoooooo! The Brazilian makes the game safe. He dribbkes into the box, goes past two defenders and then crashes a shot home.

GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Alaves: Lionel Messi makes the breakthrough and Barcelona LEAD! It’s a cheeky little free kick from the Barcelona star who rolls it under the wall and into the back of the net.


SECOND HALF! Barcelona 0-0 Alaves: Here we go again! Valverde has made one change at the break. Philippe Coutinho is ON. Nelson Semedo is OFF.


HALF-TIME! Barcelona 0-0 Alaves: It’s been ALL Barcelona in the first half, but they haven’t quite managed the breakthrough. Lionel Messi has hit the crossbar, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez have missed chances but we still await the first goal. Come on Barca!!!


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Alaves: And we’re off! Here we go La Liga 2018/19 - let’s do this!


LINEUPS IN FULL

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Dembele.

Bench: Cillessen, Coutinho, Arthur, Rafinha, Malcom, Lenglet, Arturo Vidal

ALAVES

Starting XI: Pacheco, Aguirregabiria, Laguardian, Maripan, Duarte, Torres, Jony, Wakaso, Manu Garcia, Ibai Gomez, Ruben Sobrino.

Bench: Sivera, Ximo, Marín, Antonio, Burgui, Baston, Twumasi.


And here’s tonight’s team everybody. What do we think?

LA LIGA IS BACK, BAY BAY!!!!!! Barcelona open their title defense with a home match against Deportivo Alavés, a team that’s been somewhat of a bogey side. This won’t be easy, but Barça looked good in preseason and they’re certainly looking to start the new season on a high. So join us for what promises to be a fun LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open as soon as the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 1

Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10.15pm CET (Barcelona) / 9.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria) / 4.15pm ET, 1.15pm PT (USA) / 1.45am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

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 it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!