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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-0 Elche: Barça turned it up just a notch and dominated the second half to pick up three important points. Good work, boys!


GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-0 Elche (Alba 73’): IT’S THREE! Barça score again as Messi plays a good cross towards Braithwaite who heads it down the path of Jordi Alba and the full-back taps it in!


GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-0 Elche (Messi 68’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA! Frenkie De Jong goes on a spectacular solo run and sets up Messi, who toys with the Elche defense before chipping the ball in!


GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Elche (Messi 48’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! Lionel Messi plays a one-two with Martin Braithwaite, who gives it back with a gorgeous backheel and the captain just about beats Badía for the opening goal!


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Elche: And we’re back underway at Camp Nou! Come on, boys!


HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Elche: Barça have been mediocre at best and created only one real chance on a beautiful individual move by Francisco Trincão that was well stopped by Badía. Other than that, just a lot of passes and not much else.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Elche: And we’re underway at Camp Nou!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri; Trincão, Messi, Braithwaite (4-3-3)

Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Lenglet, Dest, Firpo, Busquets, Matheus, Puig, Dembélé, Konrad, Griezmann

ELCHE

Starting XI: Badía; Barragán, Verdú, Sánchez; Cifuentes, Mfulu, Guti, Mojica; Rigoni, Boyé, Milla (3-4-3)

Bench: Gazzaniga (GK), Nino, Morente, Calvo, Luismi, Fidel, Palacios, Carillo, Donald, Barri, Carmona, Andreu


WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the venue of another big La Liga game for Barcelona, who welcome Elche to play a Matchday 1 clash that was postponed. Barça must win to keep pace with the Top 2 after a heartbreaking draw against Cádiz, and Elche come into this one in the middle of a relegation battle looking for a miracle in Catalonia. This should be good, and you’re welcome to 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: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 1

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 6pm GMT (UK), 1pm ET, 10pm PT (USA), 11.30pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Isidro Díaz De Mera Escuderos

VAR: Valentín Pizarro Gómez

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), 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, watch 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!