Spanish La Liga
Barcelona5Las Palmas0

Barcelona 5-0 Las Palmas

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez - who steered in Barcelona's opener - scored twice to take his season's total to 18 goals

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona cut Real Madrid's La Liga lead to two points by thrashing Las Palmas.

Suarez turned in an Andre Gomes cut-back for the only goal of the first half, but hosts Barca then scored three quick goals after the break.

Lionel Messi tapped in and Suarez then steered a lovely shot into the corner, before Arda Turan made it 4-0.

Aleix Vidal's first goal for the club, placed into the corner from a Paco Alcacer pass, completed the rout.

Elsewhere in La Liga on Saturday, Nicolas Gaitan's eighth-minute goal strengthened Atletico Madrid's hold on fourth place as they beat Real Betis 1-0, while the day's other two matches ended 0-0, as Athletic Bilbao were held at Leganes and Villarreal drew away to Deportivo La Coruna.

Messi crisis? What Messi crisis?

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored in each of his past seven games for Barcelona

Messi's long-term future at the Nou Camp has been the subject of speculation for months, with little sign of progress in negotiations to extend a contract that runs out at the end of next season.

With talks seemingly at a delicate stage, Barcelona sacked an official who appeared to play down the Argentina forward's value to the club.

Pere Gratacos, Barcelona's head of sporting relations, suggested on Friday that it was the club's other big names who make Messi as good as he is.

The controversy did nothing to shake Messi off his stride, though, as he maintained his excellent form.

He went close with a couple of free-kicks, one in each half, while his goal was a classic piece of poaching.

The striker timed his run into the middle perfectly, anticipating that goalkeeper Javi Varas might spill a driven Rafinha cross, and was in the right place to score for the seventh game in a row - his 26th goal of the season.

Enrique's risky selection pays off

Arda Turan
Arda Turan, brought in for Neymar, scored Barcelona's fourth goal

Having dropped two points - and very nearly three - in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal last weekend, Barcelona had to win here to remain in touch with leaders Real Madrid.

With Real facing a Sunday trip to Sevilla, who started Saturday above Barca in second place, manager Luis Enrique knew this was the weekend to potentially make up ground.

Yet he took a risk in his team selection, resting Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Neymar to keep them fresh for a congested schedule, which includes two Copa del Rey matches against Real Sociedad in the next fortnight.

Enrique was bitten badly by rotation in September when, with one eye on the Champions League, he made seven changes for a home league game against promoted Alaves and lost it 2-1.

This time, there was no slip-up against a Las Palmas side without an away win in La Liga since the season's opening weekend. Turan, called in at Neymar's expense, justified his inclusion by scoring Barcelona's fourth goal, keeping his cool to steer a loose ball into the net after Suarez had sprinted clear and been denied by Varas.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Vidal
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 29mins
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 21Tavares GomesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRakiticat 62'minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forMathieuat 73'minutes
  • 12RafinhaBooked at 25mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 68'minutes
  • 7Turan

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 8Iniesta
  • 11Neymar
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 24Mathieu

Las Palmas

  • 13Varas
  • 12Macedo
  • 5GarcíaSubstituted forArtilesat 34'minutes
  • 3Lemos
  • 22Oliveira LopesBooked at 41mins
  • 8El ZharSubstituted forLivajaat 74'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 4GómezSubstituted forGarcíaat 62'minutes
  • 15MesaBooked at 2mins
  • 24Domínguez
  • 21Viera
  • 7BoatengBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lizoain
  • 2Simón
  • 6Montoro
  • 9Livaja
  • 11Figueroa Cabrera
  • 16Artiles
  • 19García
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
81,480

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamLas Palmas
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 5, Las Palmas 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Las Palmas 0.

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

Foul by Marko Livaja (Las Palmas).

Corner, Las Palmas. Conceded by Paco Alcácer.

Foul by Aleix Vidal (Barcelona).

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Las Palmas. Mauricio Lemos tries a through ball, but Jonathan Viera is caught offside.

Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

Mateo García (Las Palmas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Roque Mesa (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas).

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona).

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Arda Turan with a through ball.

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Las Palmas 0. Aleix Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paco Alcácer.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Marko Livaja (Las Palmas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Marko Livaja (Las Palmas).

Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Viera with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Las Palmas. Marko Livaja replaces Nabil El Zhar.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Sergio Busquets.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Arda Turan is caught offside.

Offside, Las Palmas. Míchel Macedo tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

Nabil El Zhar (Las Palmas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Roque Mesa (Las Palmas).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Paco Alcácer replaces Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Mateo García (Las Palmas) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mauricio Lemos.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Offside, Las Palmas. Mauricio Lemos tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces André Gomes.

Substitution

Substitution, Las Palmas. Mateo García replaces Vicente Gómez.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid16124045143140
2Barcelona18115247173038
3Sevilla17113336211536
4Atl Madrid18104432141834
5Villarreal1887326121431
6Real Sociedad179262825329
7Ath Bilbao188462219328
8Las Palmas186662729-224
9Celta Vigo177372832-424
10Eibar176562222023
11Espanyol175842123-223
12Alavés175751517-222
13Malaga175662629-321
14Real Betis186392030-1021
15Dep La Coruña184682328-518
16Leganés184591329-1617
17Valencia163492432-813
18Sporting Gijón1733111734-1712
19Granada1716101438-249
20Osasuna1715111637-218
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