FULL-TIME, Barcelona 4-1 Alavés: This could have been a great win if Barça didn’t sleepwalk through the second half, but it’s still a good result that keeps us top of the table.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 4-1 Alavés (Suárez 75’): IT’S FOUR! Suárez buries it from the spot!
74min: PENALTY TO BARÇA!!! Luis Suárez misses a free header in front of goal, but the ball hit Martín’s arm before going out and the penalty is given after a VAR review.
GOAL!!!!!!! Barcelona 3-1 Alavés (Messi 69’): IT’S THREE FOR BARÇA!!! Lionel Messi joins the scoresheet with one of his trademark goals: a run in the middle of four defenders and a gorgeous curling shot from outside the box! What a goal!
GOAL, Barcelona 2-1 Alavés (Pere Pons 56’): Alavés score. Cross from Duarte and Pere Pons runs into the box completely unmarked to head the ball home. Too easy of a goal to concede, and Barça haven’t come out of the dressing room yet.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 2-0 Alavés: Come on, boys! Let’s keep up the good work and increase the lead!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 2-0 Alavés: Very good first half from Barça: lots of good passing and movement and plenty of chances, and they should actually have more than just two goals. Still a nice performance and potential for a big win in the second half.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-0 Alavés (Vidal 45’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA!!! Another assist for Luis Suárez, who finds Arturo Vidal with space in the box this time, and the Chilean fires a rocket into the corner.
GOAL!!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Alavés (Griezmann 14’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Luis Suárez plays a cross into the box that finds Antoine Griezmann, and the Frenchman scores a very nice goal with his weaker right foot!
10min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Sergio Busquets plays a SPECTACULAR ball over the top to find a wide open Messi who scores a beautiful opener, but the captain was just offside and the goal is ruled out.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Alavés: Come on, boys! Let’s get a big win to end the year!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Aleñá; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Lenglet, Semedo, Firpo, Rakitic, De Jong, Pérez
Starting XI: Pacheco; Martín, Ely, Navarro, Duarte; Pere Pons, Manu García; Vidal, Muñoz, Wakaso; Pérez (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Sivera (GK), Laguardia, Joselu, Rioja, Marín, Burke, Borja Sainz
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth will host a Barcelona match for the last time this year, and this is an important one for the La Liga leaders, who must keep winning to stay top of the table after the draw in El Clásico. This weekend’s opponents are Alavés, who have struggled lately and come to Camp Nou looking for a point that will feel like three. This should be a good one, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 18
Date/Time: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 4pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3pm GMT (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 8.30pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Mario Melero López
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (UK & India), others
How to stream: FuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), 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, be careful with the 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!