MSG fire on all cylinders for victory in Eiber
Published : Saturday, 19 October, 2019 at 7:20 PM Count : 176
Barcelona's MSG trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all scored as part of a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Eibar on Saturday afternoon at Ipurua.
Barcelona looked sharp in attack, with quick ball movement and crisp passing and it was no coincidence that it came in Griezmann's finest performance in a Barcelona shirt since arriving over the summer.
The Frenchman opened the scoring before assisting Messi's goal and then starting the break that gave Suarez his score.
For the first time in five months, centre-back Samuel Umtiti entered into coach Ernesto Valverde's starting XI ahead of the suspended Gerard Pique.
Otherwise, it was the usual suspects, including the vaunted MSG trio.
There was a nice back-and-forth between the two teams to start, but it was a slip from the Eibar defence that opened the door for Barcelona's opener.
Clement Lenglet hoofed a long ball up the left wing to Griezmann, who took advantage of Pablo de Blasis' slip and then banked his shot in off the post for a lead.
Messi looked set to double the lead shortly after the half hour mark after receiving a surgical pass from Frenkie de Jong, but a bad touch failed the Argentine and Eibar's Serbian stopper Marko Dmitrovic was able to bat the ball away to avoid danger.
Valverde made one change at the break, with Nelson Semedo coming on for the injured Sergi Roberto and the second would come for the visitors via the MSG.
De Jong slipped a pass into Suarez, who battled with two defenders before seeing the ball roll away and to Griezmann, and with the most delicate of touches the Frenchman left it for the onrushing Messi, whose left-footer made it 2-0.
The Barcelona attack was in full flow and soon enough it was 3-0 thanks again to the MSG.
As part of a break, Griezmann collected a pass in midfield and filtered a ball to the sprinting Messi, who bore down on Dmitrovic before flipping a pass to Suarez on the left and the finish was as clinical as could be from the Uruguayan.
The final 25 minutes were basically a training session for the Catalan side, who could patiently play to their liking while occasionally having a crack at goal on their way to a well-deserved three points.