Barcelona humiliate Huesca, Real Betis edge Seville derby

by Steven Clarke September 5, 2018, 0:33
Barcelona humiliate Huesca, Real Betis edge Seville derby

Messi's two goals were both superb finishes, and he also set up Ivan Rakitic for Barcelona's fifth goal with a lovely dink.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi finally found their devastating scoring touch on Sunday as the team demolished Huesca 8-2 at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona have also maintained their ideal start so far after their victory yesterday which takes them top of the table ahead of Madrid on goal difference.

Huesca took a shock lead inside three minutes at Camp Nou, with on-loan Watford striker Cucho Hernandez converting from close range after Samuele Longo had headed down inside the Barcelona box.

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.

Although Alex Gallar pulled one back for the visitors three minutes before the interval when he turned in Hernandez's deflected cross to reduce arrears to 3-2, it merely delayed a second-half onslaught.

Lionel Messi soon ended Huesca's joy, though, as the Argentina superstar levelled the tie on the 19th-minute mark.

The Spanish champions did score their second in the 24th minute, however, when a low Alba cross was turned into the back of his own net by Huesca centre-back Jorge Pulido.

Barca emerged from the dressing room in the Barcelona vs Huesca game to hit five goals, in Ousmane Dembele starting the rout with an angled drive that beat Werner on 48 minutes. The pass from Alba had to go to VAR as there was a hint of offside when the left-back picked up the ball.

Held to a one-goal victory at Valladolid last time out and having seen Real Madrid score four for the second match in succession on the weekend, Barca picked the right time to issue a reminder of their attacking muscle.

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho fired a pass ahead for Messi in the 61st minute for that breakaway goal.

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