Barcelona beat Osasuna to close gap at top

Ilaix Moriba celebrates his goal with Lionel Messi
Ilaix Moriba became the fifth youngest goalscorer for Barcelona in La Liga

Eighteen-year-old Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona to help them overcome Osasuna and move back to within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi set Jordi Alba up for the opener, while Barca’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved well from Kike Barja and Ruben Garcia before the break.

Moriba ensured victory with an excellent finish from outside the area.

Barcelona’s crucial presidential election takes place on Sunday.

Barca, a club grappling with financial problems while also attempting to keep six-time Ballon d’Or award winner Messi, will elect a new president on Sunday from three candidates – Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa.

Victory was Barcelona’s second since the club’s Nou Camp offices were raided on Monday and former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested in a probe related to allegations of improper management and business corruption.

Osasuna, a side 11 places adrift of Barca, were first to threaten, with Ter Stegen at full stretch to push Barja’s effort wide.

A brilliantly threaded pass from Messi and fierce finish from Alba into the roof of the net put Barca ahead, but it was Ter Stegen who ensured they maintained that lead after foiling Garcia.

Osasuna worked hard to limit Barca after the break, but they failed to find an equaliser before substitute Moriba opened his Barca account with a fine curled finish.

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who were 10 points clear of Barca at the end of January, host third-placed city rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.

Line-ups

Osasuna

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Herrera
  • 2Vidal Miralles
  • 23Hernández
  • 5García
  • 39Sánchez
  • 10TorresSubstituted forGallego Puigsechat 84′minutes
  • 24TorróSubstituted forSanjurjoat 84′minutes
  • 27Moncayola
  • 14GarcíaSubstituted forLópezat 70′minutes
  • 16CalleriSubstituted forBudimirat 71′minutes
  • 11Barja AlfonsoSubstituted forRodríguez Menéndezat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Álvaro Armado
  • 4García
  • 6Sanjurjo
  • 7Rodríguez Menéndez
  • 8Brasanac
  • 15Ramalho
  • 17Budimir
  • 19Gallego Puigsech
  • 20López
  • 25Pérez
  • 28Martínez
  • 36Martínez

Barcelona

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 28Mingueza
  • 15Lenglet
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 26minsSubstituted forDembéléat 45′minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forKourouma Kouroumaat 67′minutes
  • 2Dest
  • 21de Jong
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forPuigat 87′minutes
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forFirpoat 87′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Messi
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pjanic
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 19Fernandes Siqueira
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 27Kourouma Kourouma

Referee:
Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Osasuna 0, Barcelona 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Osasuna 0, Barcelona 2.

  3. Attempt missed. David García (Osasuna) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jony with a cross.

  4. Attempt missed. Adrián López (Osasuna) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Enric Gallego.

  5. Junior Firpo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Ante Budimir (Osasuna) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Substitution, Barcelona. Junior Firpo replaces Jordi Alba because of an injury.

  8. Substitution, Barcelona. Riqui Puig replaces Pedri.

  9. Attempt blocked. Ante Budimir (Osasuna) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Manu Sánchez with a cross.

  10. Substitution, Osasuna. Oier Sanjurjo replaces Lucas Torró.

  11. Substitution, Osasuna. Enric Gallego replaces Roberto Torres.

  12. Goal! Osasuna 0, Barcelona 2. Ilaix Moriba (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  13. Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Braithwaite.

  14. Attempt saved. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  15. Attempt saved. Pedri (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  16. Pedri (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Jon Moncayola (Osasuna).

  18. Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).

  19. Roberto Torres (Osasuna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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