Barcelona 8, Huesca 2: Messi inspires at Camp Nou

Kristopher Nichols
September 5, 2018

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona moved top of La Liga after routing Huesca 8-2 at the Nou Camp.

However, three consecutive triumphs for bitter rivals Real Madrid has left Barcelona frustrated at being unable to compete with their peers from La Liga.

"We were asleep a little bit at the beginning [when Huesca scored], although that forced us to react". Messi leveled in the 16th, cannoning a shot in off the post.

Messi and Suarez completed their braces at either end of the half and Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba all joined in the fun as the hosts comprehensively maintained their flawless start to the campaign. Cucho Hernandez beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the third minute to take the initial lead.

Suarez then got involved for Barca, making the score 3-1 in the 39th minute.

Huesca drew closer just before the halftime whistle, with Alejandro Gallar Falguera scoring in the 42nd minute.

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That only awakened the champions as they hastily overturned the deficit, Messi driving a right-footed finish into the bottom far corner before Pulido turned Alba's cutback into his own net eight minutes later.

The home side nearly scored a fourth early in the second period when Messi broke the offside trap before striking towards goal, but the crossbar came to Huesca's rescue.

Four then became five in the 52nd minute when Rakitic produced a stunning half-volley from a Messi pass, with Werner again given no chance between the Huesca sticks.

Messi canceled out Chucho Hernandez's opener for Huesca with an exquisite solo effort.

Suarez was not to be denied, however, and after being brought to the ground by Werner inside the box, the Uruguay global stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot as Barcelona hit eight on home soil.

Messi registered another assist in the 81st minute, sending Alba a crafty through ball toward the far post.

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