Barcelona 8-2 Huesca: Lionel Messi-inspired champions thrash minnows

Lionel Messi scores the sixth goal for Barcelona in their La Liga fixture against Huesca at Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde's side followed up previous league wins over Alaves and Valladolid with a resounding victory to extend their 100 per cent record this season and knock Real Madrid off top spot on goal difference.

"We started off a bit sleepily and obviously they scored, but that gave us a push to react and play".

Huesca made a dream start and although they trailed 3-2 at the interval they opened the scoring through Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez and made a real fight of the first half before Barca ran amok in the second period.

Lionel Messi soon ended Huesca's joy, though, as the Argentina superstar levelled the tie on the 19th-minute mark.

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.

The Uruguay worldwide made it 3-1 six minutes before-half time but it was not immediately awarded as the video assistant referee reviewed Jordi Alba's cross to Suarez.

The route was inevitable, with Messi completing his brace on 61 minutes after being sent one-on-one with Werner by Coutinho to finish into the bottom corner.

Huesca were not done there, though, as Alex Gallar netted a second for the visitors just before the half-time interval.

Of course Messi being Messi he added another assist before the game was out with a brilliant pass to set up Jordi Alba for Barcelona's seventh.

The Portugal captain had scored 44 goals in all competitions last season and hit four, including a hat-trick, at the Fifa World Cup earlier this year.

Suarez won an injury-time penalty following a foul by keeper Axel Werner and threw the ball to Messi so he could score his third.

  • Stacy Allen