Spanish La Liga ’18-19 – Highlights: Messi, Suarez Star In Barca’s Thumping Win
These are the last 4 matches of La Liga, Match Day 3 of 38. The highlights are appended below the points table.
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Match 6 of 9: Levante vs Valencia
Result: 2 – 2
- Levante: Roger Marti 13′, 33′
- Valencia: Denis Cheryshev 16′, Daniel Parejo 52′ (P)
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- Both Valencia and Levante will feel that they could have won in this 2-2 draw which implies Marcelino’s side are still yet to win in this La Liga season.
- In warmth and mugginess, it was Levante who began the match on a better note and twice proceeded through Roger Marti while Morales hit the woodwork as Valencia battled at the back.
I’m kinda taking note of Lavante this season, they have been in one way or the other superb, playing well and making it very tough for their opponents. Despite playing a man down against Valencia, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
— Los Blancos (@saaramis) 2 September 2018
- Levante however were not ready to keep up their leeway with Cheryshev heading home a Carles Soler to level the scores at 1-1 and afterward into the second half Dani Parejo struck a penalty after Carlos Soler was brought around Tono.
- Valencia looked the more grounded side as the diversion wore on particularly with Coke sent off for a second yellow card. Kevin Gameiro hit the post twice and Rodrigo likewise went close however Valencia could not get the triumph.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) 2 September 2018
Match 7 of 9: Alaves vs Espanyol
Result: 2 – 1
- Alaves: Borja Baston 57′, Ruben Sobrino 59′
- Espanyol: Leo Baptistao 42′ (P)
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- 2 goals in two minutes saw Alaves turn their evening meeting with Espanyol on its head. The Catalan club were driving at the break on account of a 42nd moment penalty from Leo Baptistao, who changed over after Victor Laguardia had fouled David Lopez.
- They could have been two up, however a Sergio Garcia goal was discounted minutes after the restart as a result of an offside.
I think the results balance out for Betis. Deserved a win vs. Alavés and only really deserved a point here. Fair start to the campaign even if there needs some improving.
— PM (@ThatGooner) 2 September 2018
- Let free, Alaves’ Borja Baston headed in an equaliser in the 57th moment, before Ruben Sobrino got an additional two minutes.
- The Basque group at that point protected their lead the distance to the full-time shriek to finish their initial three-point pull of the crusade.
There are games where variations will be needed. We would moan if we controlled the midfield and scraped a win. Exploit opponents weakness, and that’s what this team does. Takes today and alaves, that was controlled as needed, but today was no need.
— Kris Smith (@KrisSmith86) 2 September 2018
Match 8 of 9: Barcelona vs Huesca
Result: 8 – 2
- Barcelona: Lionel Messi 16′, 61′, Jorge Pulido 24′ (OG), Luis Suarez 39′, 90+3′ (P), Ousmane Dembele 48′, Ivan Rakitic 52′, Jordi Alba 81′
- Huesca: Cucho Hernandez 3′, Alejandro Gallar Falguera 42′
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- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each as La Liga champions Barcelona turned on the style to pound Huesca 8-2 and join Real Madrid as the main groups in the league to win their opening three recreations.
- Top-flight debutants Huesca took a stun early in their first group visit to the Nou Camp when Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez avoided the ball in from point-clear range only for Messi to cannon a shot in off the post to level in the sixteenth.
Coutinho made his 25th appearance for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Real Valladolid last Saturday, meaning the club must pay the first installment of £4.4M to Liverpool.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) 2 September 2018
- An own goal from Jorge Pulido gave Barca the lead and Suarez expanded it by scoring without precedent for 5 goals in all rivalries after VAR toppled an offside call from the linesman.
- Huesca’s Alex Gallar pulled one back before half-time to make it 3-2, however any expectation of a recovery from the guests was killed off by 3 Barca goals in a short ways from Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and another strike from Messi.
Fc Barcelona has sufficiently made “Match Win” so basic to me. I mean can we lose a match at least for once, I just wanna see something. #BarcaHuesca
— 🦄Princess Maura🦄 (@princessofayigo) 2 September 2018
- Jordi Alba topped a splendid execution to score the seventh goal in the wake of setting up two of the prior ones, while Suarez included No. 8 with a penalty in stoppage time as Messi missed an opportunity to score a hattrick, offering the penalty to the Uruguayan.
- The whipping lifted Barca above Real Madrid at the highest point of the La Liga standings on goal distinction after three diversions, with the Catalans scoring 12 and yielding two while Real have gotten 10 and surrendered twice.
Ronaldo (ex-Barça and Madrid) “The favorites to win the Champions League are the same: Real Madrid and Barça. This competition is very difficult, you need to know how to play it well. I believe we could have surprises from the English teams.” #UCL [omnisport]
— FC Barcelona Fl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) 2 September 2018
- Barca likewise put 8 goals past Huesca in their last gathering at the Nou Camp in the Copa del Rey in a 8-1 win in 2014, while this was their greatest win in the association since pounding Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 far from home in April, 2016.
- The last time they scored eight times in a home group amusement was in a 8-0 whipping of Osasuna in 2011.
Barcelona respected Messi and gave him his deserved improved new contract. Barca have Messi. That is why they are better than Madrid, will beat Madrid in both clasicos, and win La liga. Florentino “clown” Perez disrespected Ronaldo and Ronaldo asked to leave. Madrid are 2nd best. pic.twitter.com/Vi5ytZQP7e
— zengreenyoda (@zengreenyoda) 2 September 2018
Match 9 of 9: Real Betis vs Sevilla
Result: 1 – 0
- Real Betis: Joaquin 80′
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- Veteran Real Betis midfielder Joaquin Sanchez scored the only goal to give his side a 1-0 prevail upon city rivals Sevilla and end a 12-year wait for a home triumph in the neighborhood derby.
- Joaquin, turned into the most established scorer in a Seville top-flight derby when he rose to head home at the close post in the 79th moment, soon after the guests had midfielder Roque Mesa sent off after being booked twice.
Real Betis win the first derby, in 12 years, at Villamarín. Joaquín with the winner in the 80th minute. The beautiful game on display today with the Seville Derby. https://t.co/LeH40eIbxK
— AREA 18 FC (@Area18FC) 2 September 2018
- Betis went into the derby under strain subsequent to taking just a point from their initial two amusements and made a blazing start as Cristian Tello and Loren went near scoring, while Sergio Canales had a goal discounted for offside after VAR intervention.
- Sevilla almost scored through Franco Vazquez and Gabriel Mercado yet gave their adversaries an additional man advantage when Mesa was reserved for fouling goalkeeper Pau Lopez, and Joaquin took full favourable position to the enjoyment of the 60,000 supporters inside the pressed Benito Villamarin stadium.
— Rivka Oppenheim (@Rivkaoppenheim) 2 September 2018
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