Barcelona thrashed Osasuna 7-1 on Wednesday as Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer each scored twice to ensure they stayed top of La Liga.
Javier Mascherano scored his first ever goal for the club from the penalty spot as the Catalans built on their Clasico victory over Real on Sunday to stay ahead of their bitter rivals, who beat Deportivo La Coruna 6-2.
Messi opened the scoring with a solo dribble, capped with a neat chip over Osasuna goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, before Gomes volleyed home Ivan Rakitic’s cross.
Roberto Torres whipped in a free kick just after halftime to drag his team back into the match, but Barcelona then ran riot, seeing out the game with a flurry of goals and leaving the visitors bottom of the table and on the brink of relegation.
With additional reporting from Reuters
Can Barcelona win it? Momentum is *almost* everything in the run in and Barcelona currently have it. Their big players are in form and they do not have the distraction of the Champions League. However, it is no longer in their hands and they are reliant on someone else doing them a favour.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Lionel Messi (Barcelona): What more can be said about the Argentine superstar? Without a doubt the greatest of all time. The usual argument against Messi in the GOAT debate stems from his apparent inability to ‘carry’ an average Argentina side to international honours.
However, if Barcelona win Liga it will be down to Messi and, truth be told, despite the calibre of player on show at the club, they have been bang average for much of the season.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen 6; Mascherano 7, Piqué 7, Busquets 7, Digne 7; Rakitic 8, Gomes 8, Denis Suarez 8; Messi 9, Turan 7, Alcácer 8. Subs: Alena6.
Osasuna: Sirigu 4, Bunuel 4, Oier 4, Fuentes 4, Steven 4, Mérida 4, Tienza 4, Jaime 5, R.Torres 5, De las Cuevas 5, Sergio León 5. Subs: Causic 4, Olavide 5, Kodro 5.
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