FULL-TIME, Girona 0-2 Barcelona: This was as tough as advertised on the road, but Barça got the job done with a very nice performance. That’s all you can ask for. Good work, boys!
GOAL!!!!!! Girona 0-2 Barcelona (Messi 68’): BARÇA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! Luis Suárez puts Jordi Alba through and the full-back finds Lionel Messi, who waits for the right moment and chips the keeper for an amazing goal.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Girona 0-1 Barcelona: Let’s find some more goals and finish the job, boys!
HALFTIME, Girona 0-1 Barcelona: Barça took an early lead and had lots and lots of potential chances to score, but they just could not find the final pass or shot. Girona also got better as the half went on and came very close to scoring just before halftime, so we have to expect a tough second half here.
GOAL!!!! Girona 0-1 Barcelona (Semedo 9’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! After a cross into the box is poorly cleared by the Girona defense, Nélson Semedo is quicker to the ball and uses his weaker left foot to fire a rocket into the bottom corner. Good start, boys!
KICKOFF! Girona 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re off! Come on, boys! Don’t give me a heart attack.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)
Bench: Cillessen, Vermaelen, Roberto, Arthur, Denis, Malcom, Boateng
Starting XI: Bono; Alcalá, Bernardo, Juanpe; Porro, Pons, Granell, Aleix, Valery; Portu, Stuani (3-5-2)
Bench: Iraizoz, Ramalho, Douglas, Lozano, Muniesa, Paik, Pachón
WELCOME TO LA LIGA SUNDAY! This is a big day for leaders Barcelona, who have a tough Catalan Derby against Girona away from home at the Montilivi. Girona always play Barça well and make things tough, especially at their stadium, so prepare for a difficult game for the champions. And you can join us to follow and comment all the action with today’s LIVE BLOG!
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Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 21
Date/Time: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Estadi Municipal de Montilivi, Girona, Spain
Referee: Pablo González Fuertes
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