FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-0 Eibar: Great first half, inconsistent second half, but five goals and a solid debut for Braithwaite. Nice work, boys!
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 5-0 Eibar (Arthur 89’): IT’S FIVE!!! Braithwaite finds himself in front of goal but has his shot saved by the keeper, but Arthur follows up and scores on the rebound.
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 4-0 Eibar (Messi 87’): IT’S FOUR FOR THE GOAT!!! Nice play on the left from Braithwaite and a cross for Messi, who rounds two defenders and a goalkeeper before scoring his fourth of the afternoon.
82min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Now it’s Arturo Vidal who has a goal called off for offside.
76min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Samuel Umtiti is denied a goal after a corner as Clément Lenglet was offside when Lionel Messi found him in the box.
63min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Arbilla thought he’d scored for Eibar, but his leg was too high and made contact with Gerard Piqué’s head so a free-kick is given for Barça.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 3-0 Eibar: Come on, boys! Let’s finish the job!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 3-0 Eibar: What an amazing first half performance. True team dominance and Messi back to his best. Very exciting stuff.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-0 Eibar (Messi 39’): IT’S A GOAT-TRICK!!! Barça recover the ball inside the Eibar box, Messi tries to assist Antoine Griezmann, the ball is knocked back into Messi’s path by an Eibar defender and the captain completes a first-half treble!
GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-0 Eibar (Messi 37’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA!!! Beautiful one-two between Messi and Vidal, and the captain runs past three defenders before passing the ball into the bottom corner!
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Eibar (Messi 14’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Beautiful sequence of possession in the middle of the pitch and the ball finds Lionel Messi, who NUTMEGS Arbilla at the edge of the box and finds the back of the net! GOLAZO FROM THE GOAT!
4min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Eibar score through a header by Sergi Enrich, but the goal is correctly called off for offside.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Eibar: After a seven-minute delay because of communication issues with VAR, we’re finally underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Vidal; Messi, Griezmann (4-3-1-2)
Bench: Neto (GK), Umtiti, Akieme, Roberto, De Jong, Ansu Fati, Braiwhaite
Starting XI: Dmitrovic; Tejero, Burgos, Arbilla, Cote; Expósito, Diop, Escalante; Orellana, Enrich, Inui (4-3-3)
Bench: Yoel (GK), Oliveira, De Blasis, Álvarez, Cristóforo, León, Quique
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the site of another important Barcelona match in La Liga as the Blaugrana welcome Eibar looking for their fourth win in a row to go above Real Madrid at the top of the table and put pressure on the leaders, who play late on Saturday. This should be a good one, and you are 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 25
Date/Time: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 4pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3pm GMT (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 8.30pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: César Soto Grado
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