VIDEO: Barcelona 6 – 1 Eibar [La Liga] Highlights 2017/18
Barcelona blew Eibar away at Camp Nou on Tuesday, as the brilliant Lionel Messi again took centre-stage with four goals.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was without the injured Ousmane Dembele after the club’s record signing was ruled out for up to four months with a torn hamstring and he opted to rest several regulars such as Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, but that mattered little as Messi stepped up and produced an irresistible performance.
Barca were actually quite sluggish during the early exchanges, but they soon clicked into gear broke the deadlock, as Messi stylishly converted a penalty 20 minutes in to take his 2017 tally to 40 goals in as many games.
Paulinho, making his first LaLiga start, then answered his critics again just before the break, heading in Barcelona’s second of the contest to add to his winning goal at Getafe on Saturday.