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Barcelona vs Leganés live blog, updates: Barça clinch another victory, stay five points clear

Follow along as Barça look for seven wins in a row!

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-1 Leganés: Seven straight wins, five points clear at the top of the table. Job well done, boys. Job well done.


GOAL!!!! Barcelona 3-1 Leganés (Messi 90’+2): BARÇA MAKE IT THREE! Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combine for a pretty one-two inside the box, and Leo shifts the ball to his right foot before firing the ball into the roof of the net. This one is over, folks.


GOAL!!!! Barcelona 2-1 Leganés (Suárez 71’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN!!! Lionel Messi shot is paried away by goalkeeper Cuéllar, and Luis Suárez is quicker than everyone else to the rebound and pokes the ball home before a coming together with Cuéllar. Leganés players argued that Suárez may have fouled the keeper, but the ball was still in the air and up for grabs. All good.


GOAL, Barcelona 1-1 Leganés (Braithwaite 57’): Leganés equalize. A long, hopeful ball up the pitch finds En-Nesyri who crosses for Braithwaite, and the visitors are back in it.


HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-0 Leganés: Good first half by Barça, with Dembélé in particular a nightmare for the Leganés defense. The performance is good so far, we just need a couple more goals in the second half.


GOAL!!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Leganés (Dembélé 32’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! After Gerard Piqué beats the press, Ousmane Dembélé finds Jordi Alba on the left wing and the full-back makes a perfect cross for the young Frenchman who calmy places the ball against the post and into the back of the net. Great goal, and Barça deserve the lead.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Leganés: Come on, boys! Please don’t give me a heart attack.


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Aleñá; Dembélé, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)

Bench: Cillessen, Semedo, Murillo, Rakitic, Vidal, Malcom, Messi

LEGANÉS

Starting XI: Cuéllar; Tarín, Omeruo, Siovas; Nyom, Vesga, Recio, Silva; Rodríguez; Braithwaite, En-Nesyri (3-4-1-2)

Bench: Juanfran, Gumbau, El Zhar, Kravets, Eraso, Santos, Lunin


WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!!! The greatest stadium on Earth hosts another important La Liga game for the leaders as Barcelona welcome Leganés. The Blaugrana need to win to stay five points clear at the top of the table, and they’ll also reach seven wins in a row if they get a victory tonight, which is a big deal. So join us to follow and comment all the action. Let’s LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open only when 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/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 20

Date/Time: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Monday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea

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!

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