L Suárez (5, 44, 76),L Messi (30, 36),P Coutinho (66)
C Portu (3)
Barcelona vs Girona
Spanish La Liga
7:45pm Saturday 24th February
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: BARCELONA 6-1 GIRONA
BARCELONA 6-1 GIRONA
A ninth La Liga title in 14 seasons is in sight for Barcelona. They were handed an early scare as Portu gave Girona a shock lead, but thereafter it was all one-way traffic.
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick with Lionel Messi helping himself to a brace before Philippe Coutinho scored his first league goal since joining from Liverpool. And what a strike it was.
Barcelona open up a 10-point gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are in action away to Sevilla on Sunday.
90+2: SAVE! From the resulting corner it's a brilliant clip to the far post by Maffeo and Bernardo gets up well but Ter Stegen manages to keep the ball out with his chest. Excellent concentration from the Barca stopper at the death here.
90+1: SAVE! It's a really good effort from Aleix Garcia as Suarez gets crowded out and loses possession before Ter Stegen is forced to tip Garcia's shot over.
90: Aleix Garcia comes across to take a late corner as he seeks a consolation. We're into three added minutes but Alba heads clear.
87: BOOKED! This is so cynical from Jordi Alba. He's one yellow card away from a booking and he rugby tackles Aleix Garcia to pick up his fifth booking of the season.
He'll be suspended for the Las Palmas clash but then has the slate wiped clean and will be available to face Atletico Madrid. Something should be done about that.
86: Barcelona have played all three subs so they shall end this game with 10 men.
85: More injury concern for Barcelona as Semedo pulls up very suddenly holding his hamstring.
WATCH: SUAREZ SEALS HAT-TRICK
82: OFF THE BAR! Barcelona keep coming forward. They're not taking pity on Girona as Messi tries to find Alba on the left before a tired leg hooks the ball behind for a corner.
From the ensuing cross by Coutinho, Vermaelen's header is tipped onto the bar by Bounou!
79: That's 42 league goals between Messi and Suarez. Paulinho is next on the list for Barcelona with eight. Where would they be without them...
BARCELONA 6-1 GIRONA
78: SUB! That's the last contribution from Rakitic as he makes way to be replaced by Sergi Roberto who will play in his preferred position in midfield.
GOAL! BARCELONA 6-1 GIRONA (Suarez, 76)
It's been coming and it's another goal for Luis Suarez. Rakitic is given so much time on the ball to release Dembele down the right and his cross is tapped in by Suarez for the hat-trick.
It's a simple goal and Barcelona are running away with this now.
BARCELONA 5-1 GIRONA
74: This will be a club record 32nd league game without defeat for Barcelona and a first time since Real Madrid in the late 1980s that a team will go the first 25 games of a league season without defeat. Can they go the season unbeaten?
75: Suarez has his latest attempt at scoring his third deflected wide, and he is then not far away from connecting with Messi's cross as Juanpe gets back just in time to hook the ball off his boot.
WATCH: COUTINHO'S BRILLIANT STRIKE
71: SUB! Portu comes off and is replaced by Manchester City loanee Douglas Luiz as Rakitic meets the corner with a deft flick at the near post that is gathered by Bounou.
70: SAVE! Oh, it's a fine save by Bounou as he trusts his wall and stays to the left of it to tip Messi's fierce left-footed strike over.
68: SUB! In the blink of an eye Barcelona are back at full pelt in search of a sixth as Messi is halted on the edge of the box. Free-kick, but first Barcelona will make a change as Busquets makes way for Paulinho.
GOAL! BARCELONA 5-1 GIRONA (Coutinho, 66)
What a brilliant goal from Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona aren't in a rush for this fifth goal but then the Brazilian brings the Nou Camp to its feet with a sensational strike with his right boot.
He's done it countless times down the years in the red of Liverpoool, cutting in from the left, but it doesn't get any less sublime.
BARCELONA 4-1 GIRONA
63: SUBS! Another change for Girona as Aleix Garcia comes on in place of Borja Garcia. Barcelona make their first of the evening as Pique is replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
62: BOOKED! It's not been a dirty game but this is the first yellow card of the night after Juanpe goes down the shins of Dembele.
60: An hour gone and it's fair to say this second half is yet to get going. It's a bit scrappy and Barcelona have taken their foot off the pedal.
Girona have been more conservative in their approach too. They don't want to be on the end of a real thrashing.
58: WIDE! Good play between Messi and Dembele with the winger cutting back from the right onto his left foot but he can't quite initiate enough curl on his shot that drifts just wide of the post.
56: SAVE! Messi robs Pons and shows hunger for the hat-trick but Bounou beats out his shot which is fired straight at him. Pique is keeping one eye on the bench as Vermaelen continues to warm up.
54: OFF THE POST! Suarez comes so close to the hat-trick as Rakitic and Dembele combine before feeding the Uruguayan to the left but his curled right-footed shot comes back out off the foot of Bounou's left post!
53: WIDE! Pique is slow to get across the pitch as Lozano fires his right-footed shot into the side-netting. He ought to have done far better with that effort.
52: This will be a concern for Valverde as Pique hobbles off for treatment but he wants to come back on. Barcelona, 4-1 up at home, with games to come on Thursday and next Sunday against Atletico.
Surely you wouldn't risk him if you were Valverde.
50: Over 85,000 inside the stadium tonight for this Catalan derby. Pique is down after a slight collision. He's holding his knee after sliding into Pons. It's accidental but Thomas Vermaelen heads out to warm up.
47: Slow start to this second period as both sides give the ball away rather cheaply before Messi and Dembele look to carve out another chance.
It's an excellent pass by Dembele into Semedo but Suarez is caught on his heels.
46: SUB! Aday Benitez makes way for former Barcelona B team player Carles Planas.
We're back up and running.
WATCH: SUAREZ TAPS IN FOURTH
WATCH: MESSI'S SUBLIME FREE-KICK
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No additional time at the end of this half as Rojas blows his whistle.
Barcelona have come firing back from that early Portu opener with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both helping themselves to two goals. They're going 10 points clear at the top of La Liga.
GOAL! BARCELONA 4-1 GIRONA (Suarez, 44)
It's becoming a procession for Barcelona as unselfish play from Phuilippe Coutinho sets up Luis Suarez for a simple finish. That's his 19th league goal of the season.
Not sure why Bernardo came rushing out from his defensive position but Barcelona are out of sight.
BARCELONA 3-1 GIRONA
41: OVER! That's not a bad try from Alex Granell as he picks up Ter Stegen's punched clearance and he cuts inside onto his left foot and curls his shot a yard or so over.
39: SAVE! Girona come close to pulling one back but Ter Stegen dives to his right and keeps out Lozano's header from Aday's cross.
WATCH: MESSI COMPLETES TURNAROUND
GOAL! BARCELONA 3-1 GIRONA (Messi, 37)
Barcelona have breathing space. It's the perfect distance for a free-kick to go underneath the wall, and that's precisely what Lionel Messi does, as the wall jumps and the Argentine firmly passes the ball into the net past Bounou.
Another brilliant Messi strike. His 371st La Liga goal. Remarkable.
BARCELONA 2-1 GIRONA
36: Fabulous dummy from Luis Suarez to lose Lopez but Bounou comes scampering out of his goal to meet him and clear. Back come Barcelona as Suarez is fouled by Bernardo. It's a clear foul on the edge of the box.
33: Dembele has now been switched to the left side having started on the right with Suarez coming out to this near side.
GOAL! BARCELONA 2-1 GIRONA (Messi, 30)
Luis Suarez receives Ivan Rakitic's long pass, and the Uruguayan sets up his strike partner Lionel Messi for his customary goal from 12 yards.
It looked as though the chance was lost as he took a few touches, but he knew exactly what he was doing as he flashed his shot beyond Bounou via the 'keeper's outstretched right hand.
BARCELONA 1-1 GIRONA
28: OVER! Dembele finds himself with a little bit of room after good defensive work from Semedo in hounding out Garcia and the winger sets up Messi but his fierce left-footed shot is always rising.
25: SAVE! Suarez stings the hands of Bounou with his shot from the right from Semedo's pass. Barcelona are just starting to turn the screw against this brave Girona side on their first visit to the Nou Camp in an official competitive match.
20: OVER! Dembele makes a run from his wide right position but he fires his shot miles over the bar.
19: WHAT A CLEARANCE! Great defending on the line from Bernardo as he heads Lionel Messi's lob over the crossbar.
It was brilliant football all round as Suarez got his head up and knew exactly what he wanted to do as he found Messi but Bernardo didn't give it up and skilfully headed over the bar from point-blank range.
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