Barcelona hit 6 past Eibar
FC Barcelona thrashed Eibar 6-1 to maintain their perfect start to the campaign as Lionel Messi scored his 300th goal at the Camp Nou for FC Barcelona.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was without the injured Ousmane Dembele after the club’s record signing was ruled out for up to four months with a torn hamstring and he opted to rest several regulars such as Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, but that mattered little as Messi stepped up and produced an irresistible performance.
Lionel Messi put on a clinic this evening to guide Barcelona to a 6-1 hammering of Eibar. The Argentine started the rout with a first-half penalty before Paulinho doubled his side’s lead. Denis Suarez found the net from close range, although Sergi Enrich got a goal back for the visitors. However, Messi took control of the game, scoring three further goals to put Mendilibar’s men to the sword.
Eibar had an early opportunity to score in the match when Enrich latched on to a throughball from Junca down the left flank and he had only Ter Stegen to beat, but he sidefooted his effort straight at the Barcelona keeper.
Barca were actually quite sluggish during the early exchanges, but they soon clicked into gear broke the deadlock, as Messi stylishly converted a penalty 20 minutes in to take his 2017 tally to 40 goals in as many games.
In the 20th minute, Semedo went down in the box under minimal contact from Galvez and the referee pointed to the spot. Messi casually lifted his penalty over the despairing dive of Dmitrovic into the top corner to handover a 1-0 lead to FC Barcelona.
Deulofeu had a golden opportunity to double Eibar’s trouble in the very next minute. Iniesta clipped the ball beyond the Eibar defence and Deulofeu raced on the ball, only for the offside flag to be raised as he took possession
Dmitrovic made a crucial save in the 26th minute to deny Messi after Deulofeu had excellently teed up the Argentine at the edge of the box. Dmitrovic watched the ball to make a calm and crucial save.
Dmitrovic made a fine save again in the 37th minute to deny Messi as the Argentine’s powerful low strike from the edge of the box seemed destined for the bottom corner.
Paulinho, making his first LaLiga start, then answered his critics again just before the break, heading in Barcelona’s second of the contest to add to his winning goal at Getafe on Saturday.
Paulinho made a run forward to meet Denis Suarez’s corner from the left and he powered his header past Dmitrovic from 12 yards to double Eibar’s trouble.
Denis Suarez notched Barça’s third in the 53rd minute to put the game beyond Eibar’s reach. Paulinho created the opening for his team with a fine dummy to fool Junca at the back. That allowed Messi space to drive at the Eibar defence before seeing his strike well saved by Dmitrovic. However, the rebound fell straight to Suarez, who had time to pick his spot and drill his strike into the bottom corner.
However, Eibar were in mood for a fightback and Enrich got a goal back for the visitors in the 57th minute.
Junca was the architect of the goal as he whipped a fine ball across the face of goal for Enrich to attack. The striker sticked out a boot and guided the ball beyond Ter Stegen into the bottom corner.
But Messi then stepped up, scoring twice in quick succession to blow Eibar away and complete his hat-trick – his second of the season after putting three past Espanyol.
In the 59th minute Messi collected Busquets’ pass on the edge of the box and despite losing his balance he managed to strike his effort into the smallest of gaps into the bottom corner.
Three minutes after scoring his brace, the Argentine scored again to complete his hat-trick. He collected Paulinho’s pass and surged into the right inside channel. There’s nothing Eibar could do to stop him as he fired the ball past Dmitrovic into the bottom corner, despite being held back twice by Galvez.
Eibar nearly got a second when Ruben Pena hit the post late on, but Messi soon showed them how it should be done, as he met Aleix Vidal’s cut-back and guided a finish into the far side of the net to wrap up a crushing win.