Barcelona coasted home to a comfortable 5-1 away win over La Liga newcomers Leganes in an unusual Saturday afternoon kick-off fixture.
Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez were all on the score sheet for Barcelona who lead Leganes 3-0 at half-time in the early La Liga kick-off fixture before Messi and Rafinha added two after th break with the Argentine converting his second from the spot. Gabriel reduced the deficit inside the final eight minutes for Laganes’ only consolation of of the game.
Despite having the likes of Sergi Roberto, Denis Suarez and Arda Turan available, Luis Enrique opted for a 3-4-3 formation and gave a first start of the season to Rafinha, who had experience of playing as an inverted right winger, although less so as a midfielder.
Elsewhere, Sergio Busquets’ absence was filled by Javier Mascherano, the Argentine dropping into central defence, Andres Iniesta came in for Andre Gomes and the ‘MSN’ of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all featured up top.
Barcelona were hoping to fare better at Butarque than they did the last time they faced a newly-promoted team, when they were stunned 2-1 at home by Alaves just a week ago.
After the break, Luis Suarez attended Messi , after Messi played with Luis Suarez and finally Neymar received the Uruguayan but beyond the goals, the trio had fun, assists and interpenetrated perfectly. Messi finished the feast of the three with the goal after the penalty suffered by Neymar .
With the advantage on the scoreboard, the Barcelona sported and added offensive actions unfortunately a exceeded Serantes . Luis Enrique still had time to rest Luis Suarez and Iniesta and see the goal of a Rafinha who ended up playing in more advanced positions when He came Denis Suarez to green. The Brazilian Hispanic peered around the edge of the area and with a powerful shot slipped the ball into the top right corner of the premises.
The rout did not prevent the party continued in Butarque . The home crowd knew that this was a historic and finally appointment, it could celebrate with a goal from Gabriel .
Thus the Barcelona returns to winning ways, returns to clear doubts and already thinking about the quote to an Atletico Madrid that was not, in his day, tying in Leganés .