Sporting Gijon 0-5 Barcelona as Suarez and Rafinha first half strikes put Barcelona in lead, Barcelona started the game against SportinG Gijon without their talisman Lionel Messi but with the quality they have in the squad they did not miss him much. Last season’s top scorer, Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in 29th minute while Rafinha made it 2-0 minutes later to put Barcelona in cruise control. Luis Enrique made a few changes at the start of second half to keep the squad fresh for midweek game against Borussia Monchegladbach.
Neymar scored twice to take his total in La Liga for the season to three – having scored at Leganes last weekend, Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi to secure an emphatic La Liga win at 10-man Sporting Gijon with three goals in the final nine minutes. Messi is out for three weeksbut was barely missed as Barca scored five away from home for the second week in a row. Luis Suarez rounded the keeper for the first before Rafinha’s diving header put Barca 2-0 up at half-time. Sporting captain Alberto Lora was sent off on 74 minutes, before Neymar scored either side of an Arda Turan goal.
Lora was already on a booking when he was shown a second yellow card for a lunging challenge on Sergi Roberto, who responded by creating the champions’ third and fourth goals – having already claiming a first-half assist for Rafinha’s effort. Paco Alcacer, still chasing his first Barca goal following his move from Valencia, had his first-time shot from a Sergi cross touched against the bar by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, with Neymar keeping his feet to control the loose ball and steer it in. Turan then headed in a terrific cross from his right-back, before Neymar converted a pass from substitute Denis Suarez for Barca, who won 5-1 at Leganes last Saturday.
Sporting Gijon 0 – 5 Barcelona Spanish La Liga Match Highlights
- 29′ 0 – 1 Luis Suarez scored in 29th minute to put Barcelona 1-0 in lead.
- 32′ 0 – 2 Rafinha doubled Barcelona’s lead minutes after Suarez goal to put Barcelona in commanding position as they go top of the table albeit momentarily.
81′ 0 – 3 Neymar openered the flurry of goals towards the end of the match with his first of the nightl.
85′ 0 – 4 Arda Turan madeit 4-0 minutes later with a nicely taken goal.
88′ 0 – 5 Neymar was on target again before the full time whistle when he scored to make it 5-0 and complete emphatic win for Barcelona.
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