Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna: match report
Barcelona made light work of Osasuna as they push them to the very edge of relegation in their first season back in the top flight. With Real Madrid playing an away game against Deportivo La Coruña just after the game at the Camp Nou, it was vital for Luis Enrique to ensure his side picked up maximum points against a team fighting for their lives.
While plenty of people thought Osasuna would put up a fight, they are in the relegation zone for a reason and one of those reasons was on display on twelve minutes when a poor pass by Fausto gifted the ball to Lionel Messi, of all people. He was one-on-one with Sirigu and he finished with ease as he lobbed the ball oer the keeper.
Barcelona doubled their lead when an Ivan Rakitic cross found Andre Gomes, who slotted home with an excellent strike. With 30 minutes gone, no shots on or off target and two goals conceded, Osasuna were fading fast.
The visiting side started the second half with some extra gusto and had their reward when Roberto Torres struck a free kick beyond Ter Stegen to bring the score back to 2-1. It was their first shot at goal and they looked like, for a second, that they might trouble Barcelona.
That was short-lived though because just nine minutes later, Andre Gomes shot past Sirigu after a Piqué half-volley struck the post. Four minutes later, Messi had another with a trademark left-footed finish. Paco Alcacer got in on the act just three minutes later and then the defining moment of the game. Javier Mascherano stepped up to slot home his first goal in Barcelona colours in his 319th game after Denis Suárez was fouled inside the penalty area.
Four goals in ten minutes and Osasuna were broken. Paco Alcacer finished off the scoring as he rounded Sirigu and rolled home and the pressure was back on Real Madrid to come up with the goods in Coruña.
Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna live stream: second half
Min 90+2 | Andre Gomes with an outside of the boot cross that goes horrible wrong and wide. Time up now as the referee blows the full-time whistle on a game that was over a long time ago. Osasuna doomed now, it would seem.
Min 89 | As time expires, Rakitic has a crack with his right that might sneak in. Sirigu gets down and saves. corner to Barcelona but Sirigu grabs it out of the air.
Min 85 | GOAL! Alcacer with a double. Denis Suárez puts him through and with Mondragon reaching for it, the former Valencia striker takes it past him and Sirigu with a touch before rolling it over the line.
Min 84 | Mascherano chests it down to Aleña and the youngster gives it back to the Argentine with a lovely flick off his heel. The crowd applauding Mascherano for every touch and pass now. Seems like it might be the end of an era.
Min 82 | Rakitic fouled by Fuentes as he skips by him. No yellow but could have been. Refereeing trying to keep this one amiable for the last ten.
Min 80 | Kodro breaks with Mascherano in chase. He stalls for a second and the Argentine gets a foot in and puts it out for a corner.
Min 77 | Barcelona throwing the ball around now and this could be any score. Osasuna still defending deep to keep this one semi-respectable but it's over.
Osasuna substitution: Causic comes on in place of Fran Merida.
Min 74 | Osasuna have had the life sucked out of them. Four goals in 10 minutes will do that to you!
Min 71 | Corner for Barcelona. This one is over now as the fans sing to their heart's content at the Camp Nou. Interesting now to see how Real Madrid handle the pressure of knowing that Barcelona have just dismantled Osasuna with such ease. Or would Zidane have prevented them from knowing the result?
Osasuna substitution: Jaime Romero is replaced by Olavide and Sergio Leon is replaced by Kenan Kodro.
Min 67 | Penalty! Fran Merida pulls down Denis suárez. Javier Mascherano absolutely buries it from the spot. In his 319th game for the club, he gets his first goal.
Min 64 | GOAL! Alcacer scores. Ball in over the top by Arda Turan and it falls nicely to the striker after missing the first strike. He chips it over Sirigu.
Barcelona substitution: Carles Aleña comes on for Messi. Crowd gives Messi a deserved ovation.
Min 62 | GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Messi's and his left foot again. He slots home after receiving the ball from Mascherano. Really easy. Too easy.
Min 60 | Andre Gomes has now scored three goals for Barcelona. He has only scored one before tonight in 41 efforts.
Min 58 | GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Pique takes this corner down with his chest, rifles a shot at the goal. It strikes the base of the post before falling to Andre Gomes, who makes no mistake.
Min 57 | Rakitic with a corner, Piqué gets a head to it and as it heads towards the goal but Steven blocks it from going in. Another corner.
Min 55 | Rakitic taken down in the box. No penalty! Mondragon clips him after the ball and the referee has a look at his linesman before pointing for a goalkick. Really poor decision as Rakitic was obviously fouled.
Min 52 | Just as I typed that, a ball swings into the box and Sergio Leon nearly gets a foot to it. It rolls all the way to Roberto Torres and he absolutely wellies one at Ter Stegen. He gets two strong hands to it to beat it away - a proper wristbreaker of a shot. Osasuna looking far more lively in eight minutes to start this half than they did in 45 in the first.
Min 52 | Osasuna have not threatened since but they are seeing more of the ball in more dangerous positions.
Min 50 | Mascherano with a header from just a yard out but it hits the ground first and has no pace on it anyway. Sirigu gets down and saves byt pushing it onto the post. Barcelona looking for that third now and trying to regain that two-goal cushion.
Min 49 | That was Osasuna's first shot on or off target all night.
Min 48 | GOAL! The worst start in the first half for Osasuna. The best start to the second half though as Roberto Torres beats Ter Stegen from the free-kick.
Min 47 | Jaime fouled and Osasuna have a free ina really dangerous position.
Min 46 | We are back underway!
Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna live stream: half time talking points
Lionel Messi makes it 501 for his career in competitive games for Barcelona with a neat finish beyond Sirigu after 12 minutes.
Andre Gomes, in a rare start, smashes home to make it 2-0. it is just his second goal for Barcelona since his move in the summer. gomes has been on the end of some fairly heavy criticism recently but his goal tonight, one that should put this beyond Osasuna, is important for him and the team.
Osasuna have enjoyed just 25% of possession in that half. It's difficult at the worst of times for teams to play Barcelona in the Camp Nou but they need to at least test Ter Stegen in this half.
Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna live stream: first half
Min 45 | Not as much as a second of added time. Osasuna really strugling.
Min 43 | Barcelona currently enjoying 73% possession as Osasuna have no intention and seemingly no clue how they might even go about getting back into this one.
Min 40 | Messi with the free and Paco Alcacer gets a head to it. A high and looping header that almost beats Sirigu but he makes it over and beats it away with his hand.
Min 39 | Arda Turan is turned upside down by Fran Merida. Free to Barcelona as the camera shows Luis Suárez on the benching munching on his fingernails. I don't think he's doing it because of nerves. Could very well be boredom though.
Min 37 | Mascherano with that diagonal ball over the top again with no pressure on him. He gets it to Turan but he seems to mistime his diving header and can't reach it. All Barcelona now and this could be any score.
Min 37 | Lucas Digne rishes down the left, cuts it back for Messi but Osasuna get it away again.
Min 33 | Rakitic with a cross now but Bunuel chests it down to Sirigu, who collects. Really tame effort from Osasuna so far. You can tell that they know this is only going one way. They have been doomed now for a while.
Min 31 | GOAL! GOAL! Ivan Rakitic plays the ball into the centre for Andre Gomes and he slots home. Lovely finish and you can tell he is delighted. Plenty of frustration in that fist bump for his goal! he deserves it too, he has been involved heavily in everything Barcelona have been doing tonight.
Min 29 | Ball out wide to Andre Gomes after a short and not so sweet spell of possession for Osasuna. Barcelona throw it around agaun. Fran Merida tries to scoop the ball to a teammate but Messi jumps it and swings his lethal left-foot at it. Takes a deflection and a corner.
Min 26 | Piqué with the ball over the top. Alcacer keeps it in and plays it back to Messi but he blazes over from a fairly tight angle. It would have been hard to beat Sirigu from that angle, even for Lionel Messi.
Min 24 | Barcelona back in possession and probing Osasuna's defense. Very patient play as they rotate the ball outside the box. Andre gomes gets a cross in at the end of the play but Osasuna clear.
Min 21 | Osasuna trying to build now. Romero getting on some decent possession out on the right but as soon as he cuts in, Barça are cutting off the outlets. Hard to see Osasuna scoring here. They're not even counter-attacking, on the rare chance they get to, with any speed.
Min 19 | Another searching ball over to Arda Turan. He gets a head to it again and manages to keep the play alive but it falls to a raft of Osasuna players.
Min 17 | Another ball into the box but Osasuna clear and then win a free.
Min 15 | Lionel Messi makes it 501 for his career at Barcelona with that goal. The Barcelona fans behind the goal take their jerseys off and hold them out a la Messi when he scored against Real Madrid on Sunday. A new trend?
Min 13 | GOAL! Fausto tries to give a pass to Mondragon and Messi pounces. He takes a touch with his head, bounces it on his knee, and with Sirigu retreating in fear, Messi clips it over him. It's as simple as that!
Min 12 | Sergio Leon breaks and swings a pass across to Jaime Romero. He cuts inside Gerard Piqué but his cut-back has nobody waiting for it.
Min 10 | Messi and Gomes link well and the Portuguese midfielder gets a cross in but Osasuna clear. He has been involved in everything so far. Operating out on the right.
Min 9 | Mascherano with a long ball over the top again but Sirigu grabs it with ease. He barely had to move.
Min 8 | Another cross by Turan. This time he aims for the back post and Andre Gomes. Hebattles in the air with Mondragon but can't get a clean header on it.
Min 7 | Osasuna are yet to trouble Barcelona but they have had some decent touches in their opponents' half. Andre Gomes tries a through ball to Rakitic but there's too much mustard on it. Goalkick.
Min 5 | Not the greatest start to this one. Barça not really at the races yet. No real sign of how they plan to attack and hurt the visitors.
Min 4 | Fausto fouls Denis Suárez and Barcelona have a free that comes to nothing.
Min 3 | Another long ball over the top, this time by Mascherano, is too long for turan. He gets his head to it but can't get any direction on it.
Min 2 | Long ball across the field by Arda, in search of Andre Gomes, is too long! gomes gives his teammate the thumbs up. Good idea, poorly executed.
Min 1 | We are underway at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Osasuna live stream: team news
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Arda, Messi, Mascherano, Alcácer, Digne, Gomes.
Osasuna: Sirigu, Oier, Sergio Leon, Torres, Fausto, Fuentes, Jaime, Mérida, De la Cuevas, Buñuel, Steven.
Barcelona vs Osasuna live stream: latest news
19:26 | Two teams emerging onto the Camp Nou grass. Osasuna wearing their orange jersey that they were forced to create due to television and the clash of their other jerseys with Barcelona's kit.
19:21 | Sergio Leon, who was signed from Elche in the summer, is Osasuna's top scorer. He has ten goals in 29 league appearences this year.
19:15 | Lionel Messi is running away with the Pichichi award at the moment. He has 31 goals in 29 LaLiga games.
19:04 | Osasuna have won just three games this season and two of those came away from home. They beat Eibar, Alaves away and Leganes at home so maybe they do like playing in the north against their neighbours.
19:02 | Barcelona's home record has not been as bad since 2008-09 when they drew two and lost two. This season they have failed to get maximum points in four games at th Camp Nou this year including three draws and a loss. They lost to Alaves and drew with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Malaga.
18:58 | Osasuna do not have the greatest record against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. They have won just one game and lost the other nine in their last 10 encounters at Barça's stadium.
18:42 | Kenan scored Osasuna's second before they collapsed and let in two but he is not starting and is replaced by Jaime Romero and it looks they will play just one up front.
18:42 | Osasuna in depseration stage now and make four changes to their team. They bring in Jaime Romer, Fran Merida, Miguel de Las Cuevas and Juan Rafael Fuentes from the team that played and drew with Sporting Gijon at the weekend.
18:31 | The rest will do Luis Suárez good as he has played in all but two of Barcelona's league games this year. He has not scored in his last three games and has looked slightly sluggish.
18:26 | It looks like Luis Enrique will got with a back three and with Lucas Digne and Javier Mascherano either side of Gerard Piqué. Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in the middle. Lionel Messi, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan up front.
18:23 | Luis Enrique absolutely rings the changes with as many as five newcomers to the team that played Real Madrid. Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suárez all drop out of the starting eleven and there are chances for Arda Turan, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Denis Suárez.
18:18 | Barcelona won the return leg of this fixture with gals from Luis Suárez and two from Lionel Messi when the sides met last December.
18:05 | Some massive repercussions for Osasuna if they lose tonight and Leganes win against Las Palmas as it would relegate the side from the city of Pamplona after just one year back in the top flight.
17:30 | The run-in is now very much upon us, with Real Madrid having six games remaining and Barcelona five. You can have a glance and see who's got what in the title race in our handy guide.
17:00 | Barcelona ran out 3-0 winners in El Sadar in the reverse fixture, which was not without controversy. You can relive that one here.
16:30 | Barcelona have scored 94 league goals this season while Wednesday's visitors have shipped 75. It could be a long night for Petar Vasiljevic's side.
16:00 | Osasuna will be mathematically relegated if they lose in Camp Nou and Leganés beat Las Palmas in Butarque. The Navarrese side have won just three times this season and sit rock bottom on 18 points. If Leganés pick up three the Madrileñan club will be on 30 with a superior goal difference and advantage in the all-important head-to-head, which on aggregate Lega lead 3-2.
15:30 | Osasuna have been forced to commission a one-off shirt for this evening's game, at the behest of the television companies.
15:00 | Leo Messi will fancy his chances of adding to his 500 Barcelona goals this evening against the division's leakiest defence. Here are 10 of his obras maestra.
13:40 | Luis Enrique claims he'd like to have Real Madrid's outstanding fixture list
12:45 | An early estimation points to a global television audience of 650 million tuning in for Sunday's El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
11:55 | Leo Messi has reignited the title race with his late goal at the Bernabeu in El Clasico.
11:50 | Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona v Osasuna in LaLiga Santander, match-day 34. Our live action takes place at the iconic Camp Nou in Barcelona, with kick-off at 19:30 hours (CEST).
Barcelona v Osasuna: preview
Barcelona nudged Real Madrid out of top spot just four days ago and will be determined to win at home against the side who bring up the rear in the standings – especially as Madrid play two hours later in A Coruña.
Barça and Madrid are level on 75 points and after Atlético Madrid suffered a home defeat to Villarreal last night, the push for the league title is increasing looking like a two-horse race. That defeat leaves Simeone’s team seven points adrift with four games to go, Barça have a game in hand and Madrid have two.
Osasuna meanwhile have been having a tough old time of it and their situation is the polar opposite of tonight’s hosts. Their confidence is shot to pieces and that was evident last weekend when they let a two-goal lead slip to fellow relegation strugglers Sporting. Petar Vasiljevic’s team have been giving everything they’ve got but luck has not been on their side, even recent wins over Alavés and Leganés may have inspired hope but haven’t helped to haul them out of the bottom three. They’ve stuck in rock bottom from Week 14 and picked up just 11 points since then, so sadly, it is all looking at bit bleak in Pamplona.
Barcelona team news
In contrast to Osasuna, Luis Enrique’s team are riding on the crest of a wave after Sunday’s win at the Bernabéu with Leo Messi bringing up his 500th goal for the club. Neymar remains out suspended while Mathieu, Rafinha and Aleix Vidal are on the injury list. Luis Enrique wasn’t giving anything away in his pre-match press conference but he could hand minutes to either Denis Suárez or Arda Turan, who is back fit again to give Andrés Iniesta a much-needed rest. Paco Alcácer could keep his place in the attack after starting at the Bernabéu on Sunday.
Man to watch: Leo Messi. He was stunning in the last game against Real Madrid – probably his best performance of the season and he is looking radiant as the season reaches its conclusion. A brace at the Bernabéu puts him on 31 league goals – eight more than strike partner Luis Suárez. And even when he’s not putting the ball away himself, Messi can be found laying it on a platter for one of his colleagues.
Osasuna team news
Osasuna’s problems on the pitch have been compounded by problems off it; coach Petar Vasiljevic has a mounting injury list and goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu faces a late fitness test to see if he has shaken off a shoulder problem. Centre-back Iván Márquez has been included in the coach’s 19-man squad for the trip, replacing the injury-hit Nikola Vujadinovic. Four promising reserve team players have also travelled – Miguel Olavide, Aitor Buñuel, Jhon Steven and Kike Barja and the game will surely be beneficial and educational experience for them should they feature.
Man to watch: Kenan Kodro. Osasuna have scored 34 goals in the current campaign and Kenan has netted six of them. A powerful header of the ball and a tireless worker, dropping back to help out the team when needed. Born in San Sebastián but an international with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kenan is starting to show all the promise he showed during his time in Real Sociedad’s youth categories.
Barcelona v Osasuna: possible line-ups
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arda Turan, Alcácer, Messi, Luis Suárez.
Osasuna: Sirigu; Steven, Oier, Fuentes; Buñuel, Clerc, Causic, Fausato Tienza, Roberto Torres, Kenan, Sergio León.
Barcelona v Osasuna live stream betting odds:
Osasuna’s one and only win at Camp Nou was the slender 0-1 triumph in May 2009 – Walter El Rifle Pandiani scoring the only goal of the game. And the Rojillos have only come away with a point once – 14 years ago. So it’s hardly surprising that the hosts are runaway favourites. Osasuna are 51/1 to pull off a 0-1 win. Gerard Piqué, who was desperate to score on Sunday, is 19/1 to open the scoring at Camp Nou while a Luis Suárez hat trick is paying 13/1.