CHANCE! Rakitic almost adds to the scoreline as he pounces on Rodriguez’s mistake and fires low towards the bottom corner. However, a fingertip save from Pichu turns the ball past the post.
Gomes attempts to slide a pass into the feet of Alcacer through the middle, but Rodriguez makes the interception.
Barcelona are mere millimetres from winning a penalty as Victor catches Suarez right on the edge of the box. It couldn’t be closer to the line. Messi stands over the ball waiting to take the set-piece.
Barcelona are back in full flow and can afford to take the pace ouf the game by knocking the ball around at the back.
Goal Francisco Alcácer García
GOALLL!!! ALCACER FINDS THE NET! Barcelona are out of sight now as Messi robs Babin of possession and tees up Alcacer in the box. The striker holds his composure to bury his effort into the corner, giving Pichu no chance.
Messi makes the decision not to strike the ball inside the box after collecting Neymar’s pass and gets crowded out as he attempts to forge further forward.
Defensively, Luis Enrique will be concerned as Burgui has had a lot of freedom down the left and if not for a fine save from Marc Andre Ter Stegen the visitors may only be a goal behind.
Barcelona lead at the break, but it has not been a classic performance from the Catalan club thus far. They’ve capitalised on defensive errors from Sporting Gijon to notch their three goals through Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, while Juan Rodriguez put the ball into his own net.
Neymar stands a dangerous cross up into the six-yard box for Umtiti to attack, but Pichu comes off his line to bravely claim ahead of the Frenchman.
Burgui continues to have freedom down the left flank and he escapes the attentions of Mascherano to send a low cross into the box. However, on this occasion Umtiti gathers the loose ball and brings it away upfield.
SHOT! Rafinha raids down the right flank before cutting the ball back to the edge of the box for Suarez to strike. His effort has accuracy, but the not the power to beat Pichu, who makes a comfortable save.
Suarez attempts to return a favour from Messi by trying to send the Argentine over the top of the Gijon defence, only for Babin to spot the danger and shield the ball out of play.
Burgui attempts to raid past Mascherano in the left inside channel. The Gijon winger claims that the ball struck the Argentine’s arm, but replays prove that it was chest only from the Barcelona defender.
Burgui breaks down the left to latch on to Echiejile’s pass, but he just cannot keep the ball in play with his cross into the box.
Busquets gives the ball away on the edge of the Barca box, but Castro cannot find a team-mate as Mascherano makes the interception.
A decent start for the visitors as they enjoy a spell of possession in the Barca half, although it’s ended as Burgui sends the ball out for a goal-kick.
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