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Let’s follow along as Barça play a big Catalan Derby!

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FULL-TIME! Barcelona 2-2 Girona: All over at the Camp Nou and it ends all square. It was an exciting watch as Barcelona came from 2-1 down with 10 men to secure a point, but they couldn’t do enough for the win.


GOAL! Barcelona 2-2 Girona: Gerard Pique heads Barcelona back onto level terms! Game on at the Camp Nou.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-2 Girona: Stuani latches onto a loose ball and smashes it home to give Girona the lead. The champions are in all sorts of trouble here.


HALF-TIME Barcelona 1-1 Girona: Plenty of work for the champions to do in the second half. Lionel Messi gave them the lead, but they’re down to 10 after Lenglet’s dismissal and have been pegged back by Stuani’s equaliser.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Girona: Cristhian Stuani equalises for Girona! The in-form striker gives the visitors a massive boost by levelling the match just before half-time.


RED CARD! Barcelona 1-0 Girona: Disaster for Clement Lenglet who is sent off on his first La Liga start for Barca. He walks for a stray elbow which was missed by the referee but is spotted by VAR. Barca down to 10.


OFF THE LINE! Barcelona 1-0 Girona: So close to an equaliser for Girona. Portu goes around Ter Stegen and fires goalwards but Gerard Pique is just back in the nick of time to clear it!


GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Girona: It’s Lionel Messi (of course it is) who opens the scoring. Arturo Vidal lays it off to the captain and he fires it first time past Bono.


KICK-OFF! Barcelona 0-0 Girona: Here we go! Come on boys let’s do this!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé

Bench: Cillessen, Umtiti, Roberto, Rakitic, Denis, Coutinho, Munir

GIRONA

Starting XI: Bounou; Aday, Muniesa, Espinosa, Alcalá, Juanpe; Aleix, Pons, Granell; Portu, Stuani

Bench: Iraizoz, Borja, Douglas, Roberts, Doumbia, Montes, Porro


It’s a big Sunday in La Liga! Barcelona play their first Catalan Derby of the season, and it promises to be a tough one against Girona at Camp Nou. The champions are looking to take back the top spot on the table with three points, but they need to put on a great performance to get the victory. So let’s follow along as Barça look to stay perfect this season!

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MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 5

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 12.15am IST (India, Monday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (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!