Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 6-1 Girona

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is La Liga's second top scorer on 20 - behind Lionel Messi on 22

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Catalan neighbours Girona.

Portu gave Girona a shock early lead, but Lionel Messi set up Suarez to equalise almost immediately.

Messi took on three defenders to score, then rolled a free-kick under the wall for his second.

Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez's second before curling home his first La Liga goal, and Suarez tapped in Ousmane Dembele's cross for his third.

Victory meant Barcelona, who are 10 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, set a club record of 32 La Liga games unbeaten across two seasons.

They are only 13 games away from becoming the first team to go a full La Liga campaign unbeaten since the 1930s, when the season only lasted 18 games.

Girona were making their debut at the Nou Camp, in their first season in the top flight, but it was all downhill after Portu took advantage of Samuel Umtiti's lapse in judgment before firing home via both posts.

Barcelona could have won by more - Suarez hit the post, and Thomas Vermaelen had a header tipped onto the crossbar by keeper Bono.

Earlier in the day, Real Madrid beat Alaves 4-0 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice and Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also netting.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forat 86'minutes
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forVermaelenat 64'minutes
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18AlbaBooked at 87mins
  • 11Dembélé
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRobertoat 77'minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forPaulinhoat 69'minutes
  • 14Coutinho
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 15Paulinho
  • 19Digne
  • 20Roberto
  • 22Vidal
  • 25Vermaelen

Girona

  • 13Bono
  • 4Ramalho
  • 2Bernardo
  • 15Ramírez LópezBooked at 62mins
  • 25Maffeo
  • 8Pons
  • 6Granell Nogué
  • 11BenítezSubstituted forPlanasat 45'minutes
  • 9Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forSoares de Pauloat 70'minutes
  • 24GarcíaSubstituted forGarcíaat 63'minutes
  • 19Lozano

Substitutes

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 7Stuani
  • 12Soares de Paulo
  • 16Timor
  • 20Muniesa
  • 21Planas
  • 23García
Referee:
Javier Alberola Rojas
Attendance:
83,839

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamGirona
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home14
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 6, Girona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Girona 1.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Pablo Maffeo (Girona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Anthony Lozano (Girona).

Attempt saved. Bernardo Espinosa (Girona) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleix García with a cross.

Corner, Girona. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

Attempt saved. Aleix García (Girona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Douglas Luiz.

Corner, Girona. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Booking

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Pablo Maffeo (Girona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nélson Semedo went off injured after Barcelona had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a headed pass.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Bernardo Espinosa.

Hand ball by Douglas Luiz (Girona).

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

Pere Pons (Girona).

Foul by Paulinho (Barcelona).

Douglas Luiz (Girona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 6, Girona 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Bernardo Espinosa.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carles Planas (Girona).

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Nélson Semedo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Girona. Douglas Luiz replaces Portu.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Bono.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Paulinho replaces Sergio Busquets.

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

Foul by Pere Pons (Girona).

Attempt blocked. Pere Pons (Girona) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Girona 1. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 24th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25205068125665
2Atl Madrid2416713692755
3Real Madrid25156462273551
4Valencia24144647281946
5Sevilla2412393135-439
6Villarreal2411583529638
7Celta Vigo25105104337635
8Eibar25105103238-635
9Girona259793536-134
10Getafe248972921833
11Real Betis24103114150-933
12Leganés2586112128-730
13Real Sociedad2485114645129
14Ath Bilbao2461082427-328
15Espanyol2561092232-1028
16Alavés2591152237-1528
17Levante24311102138-1720
18Las Palmas2554161852-3419
19Dep La Coruña2546152453-2918
20Malaga2434171538-2313
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