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Barcelona 6-1 Sporting Gijon

Lionel Messi heads Barcelona ahead against Sporting Gijon
Lionel Messi headed Barcelona's first goal - his 36th goal in 36 games in all competitions for the club this season

Neymar scored a sublime goal as Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon to go top of La Liga.

On the night that coach Luis Enrique announced he will quit in the summer, Lionel Messi's header and an own goal by Juan Rodriguez put Barca in control.

Carlos Castro made it 2-1 but Luis Suarez and Paco Alcacer extended the lead before Neymar's free-kick and Ivan Rakitic completed the rout.

Barca are one point clear of Real Madrid, who drew 3-3 with Las Palmas.

Zinedine Zidane's side still have a game in hand on the champions.

Barca cruise to victory

There were thousands of empty seats at the Nou Camp - an indication of the mood following Barcelona's crushing 4-0 Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain last month.

PSG visit Catalonia for the return leg next Wednesday confident of finishing the job yet Barca are at least fighting on the domestic front.

This was a routine win against poor opposition.

Sporting were 2-0 down after 11 minutes, Messi springing the offside trap to head the first before Rodriguez turned Suarez's cross over his own line.

Suarez did find the net before the interval before Alcacer, on for Suarez, made it 4-1.

The goal of the night belonged to Neymar, the Brazilian curling a delightful free-kick over the Sporting wall and into the top corner of the net.

Sporting's misery was complete thanks to Rakitic's thumping finish, Barca's 17th goal in three games against Gijon.



Formation 3-4-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forRobertoat 74'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 6D Suárez
  • 10MessiSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 61'minutes
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 45'minutes
  • 11NeymarBooked at 45mins


  • 3Piqué
  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 20Roberto
  • 21André Gomes

Sporting Gijón

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Cuéllar
  • 16Castellano Castro
  • 3Babin
  • 29RodríguezBooked at 55mins
  • 12Echiéjilé
  • 2Pereira dos SantosSubstituted forRodríguezat 45'minutes
  • 10Cases Mora
  • 21Torres
  • 6ÁlvarezSubstituted forVesgaat 76'minutes
  • 14Franco AlvizBooked at 24minsSubstituted forLópez Blancoat 59'minutes
  • 9CastroBooked at 45mins


  • 7Rodríguez
  • 8Traoré
  • 11Lora
  • 13Mariño
  • 18López Blanco
  • 22Vesga
  • 24Cop
José María Sánchez Martínez

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamSporting Gijón
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jean-Sylvain Babin.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lillo (Sporting de Gijón).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paco Alcácer (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Nacho Cases (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Juan Rodríguez.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Víctor Rodríguez (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

    Carlos Castro (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Elderson Echiéjilé.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Iván Cuéllar.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Mikel Vesga replaces Sergio Álvarez.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 1st March 2017

As It Stood

2Real Madrid24175263253856
4Atl Madrid24136544212345
5Real Sociedad2514383934545
8Ath Bilbao2411583129238
10Celta Vigo2410593939035
12Las Palmas2578103539-429
14Real Betis2476112538-1327
17Dep La Coruña2347122639-1319
19Sporting Gijón2545162754-2717
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