Lionel Messi shone with two goals, when Barca crushed Alaves 5-1 in round 23 of La Liga on the evening of February 13.
Goals: Trincao 29 ‘, 74’, Messi 45 ‘+ 1, 75’, Firpo 80 ‘- Rioja 57’
To prepare for the next PSG match in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League round, coach Ronald Koeman gave a number of pillars to maintain. However, the presence at the outset of Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann promises dramatic differences against an opponent who has not won their last five away games.
In fact, Barca needs about 25 minutes to “warm up”. The fact that the two young players Riqui Puig and Ilaix Moriba were slow to catch up, they did not impose their play on Alaves. Even the visitors almost opened the score with Battaglia’s volley from 17 meters, sending the ball into Ter Stegen’s clearance.
Under the pressure of Messi and his teammates, the Alaves defense gradually revealed gaps. After 29 minutes, after Ilaix’s pass, Trincao comfortably shot from 13 meters to open the score for Barca.
Playing in an excited mood, Barca’s attackers continuously bombarded Pacheco’s goalkeeper. After being denied recognition in the 36th minute due to an offside foul, Messi quickly “answered” with a shot from 19 meters, doubling the gap in the first half. The ball bounced off the post before hitting Alaves goal.
Barca started slowly in the second half, and Alaves took the opportunity to shorten the score to 1-2 thanks to a goal from Rioja. However, the level of the former champion is too high for the 16th-placed team to be surprising.
After bringing Umtiti, Pedri and Pjanic in, Barca once again dominated the game. It was Pedri who sparked the table to increase the score to 3-1. From his pass, Messi turned on goalkeeper Pacheco, giving Trincao the opportunity to kick in.
Like the first half, Messi continued to give “answers” quickly after missing a goal. This time, he only needed a minute after Trincao’s goal to score, when he shot a long shot into the top corner.
Alaves replaced five players, but was unable to turn the game around. Coach Abelardo does not use a young player borrowed from Man Utd, Facundo Pellistri.
Barca’s impressive performance ended in the 80th minute with a beautiful combination that won the 5-1 victory. After a series of good passes, Griezmann crossed the ball for Firpo to finish Pacheco’s net.
Victory helps Barca return to La Liga second. They have the same 46 points, but more than the difference compared to Real. Atletico are still leading with 54 points and playing less than one game.
Barca: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Dest, 72), Lenglet, De Jong (Pjanic, 72), Junior, Ilaix (Pedri, 64), Sergio (Umtiti, 46), Riqui Puig, Trincao; Griezmann (Dembele, 81), Messi.
Alaves: Pacheco; Martin (Laguardia, 46), Lejeune, Tachi, Duarte; Edgar Mendez, Battaglia, Tomas Pina (Pere Pons, 72), Cordoba (Rioja, 46); Lucas Perez (Borja Sainz, 81), Joselu (Deyverson, 81).
*Results – La Liga Fixture
*La Liga scoreboard