Barca jump to third with emphatic win


FC Barcelona returned to third spot on the LaLiga table with a resounding 4-0 victory over CA Osasuna on Sunday evening.

There were just two changes from the win over Elche last weekend, with Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia replacing Frenkie De Jong and Ronald Araujo who dropped to the bench.

Barcelona hit the ground running with 14 minutes gone on the clock when a surging in the area by Gavi drew a foul from Nacho Vidal and saw a penalty awarded which Torres tucked away.

The former Manchester City forward completed his brace within six minutes after he took one touch from a ball into the box by Ousmane Dembele to apply a composed finish through Sergio Herrera.

A third goal from the Catalan giants followed three minutes before the half-hour mark when Pierre-Emerick beat one challenge to a cross from Dembele and slotted in from the near post.

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There was no end in sight to the one-way traffic from the Blaugrana in the closing stages of the first half, with Torres closing in from a distance in pursuit of a hat-trick.

Osasuna’s response to the Catalans onslaught ahead of the second half was a triple substitution in Unai Garcia, Aridane Hernandez as well as Roberto Torres.

Those particular intentions didn’t bother the Catalans, who looked to add a fourth goal in the earlier exchanges of the second period but Aubameyang volleyed wide of Dembele’s cross.

With the ascendancy intact, Barcelona inevitably claimed a fourth in the last 15 minutes as Riqui Puig ran onto a loose ball to slot home after having his initial attempt parried.

Barcelona were presented more openings late on in the stanza, but four goals were enough to get the job done on the night.

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