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Ilaix Moriba on Barcelona goal: I’ll never forget it, I’ll take it to the grave

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The midfielder opened his account in some style

Osasuna v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Ilaix Moriba admitted he would never forget his first Barcelona goal after opening his account for the club against Osasuna on Saturday.

The 18-year-old came off the bench in the second half and made the game safe with a great strike that made it 2-0 and secured all three points.

Moriba spoke to the media after the game and was understandably thrilled to be off the mark.

“Leo gave me a good pass and I don’t know how I cut and shot with the left, and thank God it went in. I will never forget this and I will take it to my grave. There’s competition for places but it doesn’t matter if you are young or not. If you play well you’re in the team. The older players help us, give us advice, Leo tells me to get in the area as often as I can and get in positions to shoot.”

The goal came at the same ground where a certain Ansu Fati netted his first goal in Barcelona colors, a fact that also seemed to thrill Moriba.

“He’s like a brother to me, we’ve been together for a long time, I’ve a lot of affection for him and it’s great to score where he got his first goal.”

The win moves Barcelona to within two points of Atletico, and Moriba also said the team have never given up hope of winning the title.

“We never, ever thought the league was over. We know it will be difficult. The DNA of this club is to keep going, never give up and the same on Wednesday. I’ve learnt a lot here in La Masia and also from my father and my mother, all my family have supported me. Hopefully our opponents start to drop points.”

Atletico do have two games in hand on Barcelona. The first is against Real Madrid on Sunday before Diego Simeone’s side host Athletic on Wednesday.