Spanish La Liga

Leganes 1-5 Barcelona

Luis Suarez celebrates scoring Barcelona's second goal
Barcelona, who beat Celtic 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, have scored 12 goals in their past two games

Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez marked their league returns with goals against newly promoted Leganes.

Messi and Suarez were rested from the starting XI as Barca suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Alaves last week.

Both started on Saturday, with Messi tapping home before setting up Suarez, and Neymar made it 3-0.

Messi's penalty and Rafinha's fine finish stretched Barca's lead before Gabriel's superb free-kick for Leganes.

The win moved Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid, who are away to Espanyol on Sunday.

Relive Barcelona's win away to Leganes

Enrique learns from his mistake

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique accepted the blame for Barcelona's surprise loss to Alaves after making seven changes before his team's opening Champions League group game against Celtic.

Despite facing a league game against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday, Enrique took no risks this time against another club promoted from Spain's second tier as Barca carried on where they had left off after hammering Celtic 7-0.

Leganes, a town of 185,000 people and 11km from Madrid, are playing in La Liga for the first time in their 88-year history. Three years ago they had no training ground and the pitch was full of potholes.

This was uncharted territory for Barca but Enrique's side were at their ruthless best as they picked off their spirited opponents in a game sprinkled with six yellow cards.

Leganes v Barcelona
Barcelona have scored 20 goals in five league and cup games this season

Leganes frustrated the visitors for 15 minutes before Messi broke the deadlock with a tap-in after a Suarez assist.

The Argentine returned the favour for Suarez to double the lead from close range before Neymar rolled home the third after Messi and Suarez had combined shortly before the interval.

Messi made it five goals in two games from the penalty spot after Neymar was fouled by Unai Bustinza.

There were still 26 minutes of normal time remaining when Rafinha found the top left-hand corner with a curling effort.

Yet Leganes were not finished and their fans celebrated wildly a historic first home goal in La Liga, a sublime free-kick by Gabriel.

Griezmann doubles up again

Antoine Griezmann scored twice for the second weekend running as Atletico Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 5-0.

Both the France international and team-mate Kevin Gameiro struck in the first five minutes for Diego Simeone's team, who have hit their stride after drawing their opening two games.

A second goal for Griezmann after 31 minutes, and two late goals from Fernando Torres - one a penalty - completed Atletico's third successive victory in all competitions.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Serantes Simón
  • 17Díaz MiguelBooked at 39mins
  • 3Bustinza MartínezBooked at 54mins
  • 18Insúa
  • 15Rico Salguero
  • 19López CabreraSubstituted forRamos Suárezat 61'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 12MedjaniBooked at 27minsSubstituted forPérez del Mármolat 45'minutes
  • 22Sastre Reus
  • 14Koné
  • 8Appelt Pires
  • 7MachísSubstituted forSzymanowskiat 61'minutes


  • 1Brignoli
  • 5Mantovani
  • 6Martín-Romo García-Adamez
  • 9Guerrero
  • 11Szymanowski
  • 21Pérez del Mármol
  • 23Ramos Suárez


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 12Rafinha
  • 4RakiticBooked at 24minsSubstituted forTuranat 57'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forD Suárezat 65'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 56'minutes
  • 11NeymarBooked at 80mins


  • 6D Suárez
  • 7Turan
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 24Mathieu
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Match Stats

Home TeamLeganésAway TeamBarcelona
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leganés 1, Barcelona 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leganés 1, Barcelona 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gabriel (Leganés) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Koné.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rubén Pérez (Leganés).

  7. Booking

    Omar Ramos (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Omar Ramos (Leganés).

  10. Post update

    Rafinha (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lluis Sastre (Leganés).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leganés. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Leganés. Gabriel tries a through ball, but Alexander Szymanowski is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paco Alcácer (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

    Diego Rico (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Bustinza (Leganés).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Leganés 1, Barcelona 5. Gabriel (Leganés) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  19. Booking

    Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 17th September 2016

As It Stood

2Real Madrid330010379
3Las Palmas430111569
4Atl Madrid422010198
7Sporting Gijón421147-37
10Real Betis4121710-35
11Dep La Coruña31112204
12Real Sociedad311134-14
14Ath Bilbao310223-13
20Celta Vigo300317-60
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