Barcelona 8-2 Huesca: Lionel Messi-inspired champions thrash minnows

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona moved top of La Liga after routing Huesca 8-2 at the Nou Camp.

The 19 passes in the build-up to the goal were the most by a team in a La Liga game against Barcelona at Camp Nou since at least 2005/06.

The snub came as a big surprise as the Barcelona great had topped the scorer's charts with 45 goals in all competitions in the 2017/18 season and helped the Catalans win the league and Cup double in Spain.

Messi, who also struck the woodwork in the second period, notched his second, Jordi Alba added a seventh and Suarez completed the scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

The minnows took an early lead through Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez but Messi levelled with a shot off the post.


The Uruguay worldwide made it 3-1 six minutes before-half time but it was not immediately awarded as the video assistant referee reviewed Jordi Alba's cross to Suarez. But Messi hit the equalizer in the 16th minute. VAR checked for a possible offside, but the goal was given.

Barcelona were not to be denied, however, and scored a fourth moments later when Dembele found the bottom corner with an excellent low strike. With thirty minutes to go, Messi once again delivered another dagger thanks to Phillipe Coutinho's pass on the counter.

The Portuguese allowed Messi to turn him far too easily for the opener and further cost his side by keeping Alba onside, albeit marginally, in the lead-up to Barca's third, which effectively any ended hope Huesca had of avoiding the subsequent landslide.

Suarez was not to be denied, however, and after being brought to the ground by Werner inside the box, the Uruguay global stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot as Barcelona hit eight on home soil.

Suarez should have scored an eighth for Barcelona in the final minute when he met an inventive effort from Vidal, but the ball flew wide of the far post.


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