Barcelona continued to plunder goals as they demolished Leganes 5-1 at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Saturday in the fourth round of La Liga fixtures.
- Leganes 1 Barcelona 5
- Lionel Messi gives Barcelona the lead
- Luis Suarez doubles their advantage
- Neymar makes it 3-0 before half-time
- Messi's penalty makes it 4-0 after the break
- Rafinha adds a fifth with a majestic strike
- Gabriel's sublime late free-kick pulls one back
Barcelona were their vintage best in attack with Lionel Messi pulling the strings, while Neymar and Luis Suarez caused danger with their intelligent runs. However, in defence Barcelona were not quite as convincing, with Samuel Umtiti forced to clear a Darwin Mathis effort off the line.
Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead in the 15th minute following a strong run and cross by Luis Suarez. His delivery gave the Argentina genius a simple tap-in at the near post. Messi returned the favour in the 31st minute when he burst into the box and teed up an easy finish for Suarez past a stranded Jon Ander Serantes.
The game was over as a contest just before half-time when Messi's brilliant turn and pass put Suarez through on goal. The Uruguay international squared it to Neymar who tapped-in yet another goal for the visitors.
After the break it was more of the same as Barca poured forward. Messi converted a 55th-minute penalty after Neymar had been brought down. Rafinha made it 5-0 around 10 minutes later with a majestic strike that left Serantes with no chance.
To their credit, the hosts never gave up and Gabriel's sublime curling 80th-minute free-kick earned the Cucumber Growers a deserved consolation goal for their efforts.
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It was supposed to be the stuff of fairy tales for Leganes when they hosted Barcelona at the Municipal de Butarque – the Spanish outfit were playing in the third tier as recently as 2014.
Yet, it was something of a rude awakening to life in Spain's top flight as a Barcelona masterclass in attack saw them demolished 5-1. Blaugrana's front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar ran riot and picked the Cucumber Growers' defence apart.
However, it wasn't all one-way traffic as Asier Garitano's side did cause a few problems for Luis Enrique's back three in the first half. In the 13th minute a series of attacks created pressure and it lead to Mamadou Kone's cross picking out Gabriel in the box – the Brazilian saw his header go just over Marc-Andre ter Stegen's goal.
The visitors took control soon after in the 15th minute when Luis Suarez burst strongly down the right and found Messi at the near post for an easy finish. Leganes did create a few half chances but it was still Barca who were going the closest.
Eventually the pressure told when Messi broke into the box with a brilliant centre-to-left slalom run and squared it to Suarez for another tap in past a stranded Jon Ander Serantes.
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To Leganes' credit they didn't give up and Darwin Machis nearly pulled a goal back in the 34th minute after skinning Javier Mascherano. However, after a scramble Samuel Umtiti was able to clear the ball off the line.
It was 3-0 just before half time when a brilliant turn and flick from Messi put Suarez clean through on goal. Once again Serantes was stranded when the striker rolled it into Neymar's path for another easy finish.
After the break, Barcelona poured forward as Leganes appeared to become increasingly demoralised. In the 54th minute Suarez sprung Neymar behind the home team's defence and he was tugged to the ground in the box by defender Unai Bustinza. It was a penalty which Messi duly converted to make it 4-0.
Leganes were in danger of being completely humiliated when Rafinha cut inside from the right and hit a majestic shot into the far top corner from outside the box in the 64th minute. However, Gabriel restored some pride with a sublime curling free-kick in the 80th minute that Marc-Andre ter Stegen could only admire. It finished 5-1 as Barcelona demolished the side from the outskirts of Madrid.