Barcelona beat Al Ahli in eight-goal friendly thriller

Barcelona's trident all scored early on to help secure a comfortable 5-3 victory over Al Ahli SC in a friendly at Al Gharafa Stadium on Tuesday.

The encounter, billed as the Match of Champions, took place in Doha and saw Luis Enrique's side lift the Qatar Airways Cup after making a blistering start.

Barca raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes courtesy of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar, before Omar Abdulrahman pulled one back from the penalty spot for Al Ameed.

Paco Alcacer then restored the Catalans' three-goal cushion and Rafinha added a fifth, with Mohanad Asiri bagging a brace for the Qatari club to complete the scoring.

The La Liga champions got off to a flying start when Suarez flicked Messi's clipped cross past the keeper on eight minutes and the Argentine doubled their lead two minutes later as he fired home a deflected pass from Rafinha.

They were cruising on 17 minutes when Neymar converted a pass from Rafinha, who collected a poor defensive clearance to set up his compatriot.

Enrique started to ring the changes just after the half-hour mark and swapped out his entire starting XI by the 63rd minute.

The frequent substitutions disrupted the flow of the game and Abdulrahman gave the hosts hope when he reduced the deficit from 12 yards out after they had won a penalty.

But the Blaugrana killed off any thoughts of a comeback with two quick-fire goals from Alcacer – his first for the club – and Rafinha to seal the win.

Asiri did give some respectability to the scoreline with a double in the closing stages to wrap up an entertaining spectacle for the crowd.

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