Violence before Barcelona win at Alaves condemned by La Liga clubs
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 21:23
Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar were on target again as Barcelona thrashed Alaves 6-0 in La Liga on Saturday.
Barcelona's dominance showed no signs of ending, however, and the visitors finally made the breakthrough in the 37th minute when Luis Suarez turned a low Vidal cross into the bottom corner from close range.
Barca's own route to the final proved more problematic, as a heated 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou - which sealed a 3-2 aggregate success - came at the cost of red cards for Sergi Roberto and Suarez, though the latter is subject to appeal.
Ivan Rakitic blasted home the fifth from Suarez's cut-back before the Uruguayan rounded off the rout himself after Pacheco had parried Neymar's initial effort. (AFP/Getty Images) Neymar celebrates his goal vs Alaves.
Vidal suffered a nasty looking injury to his right ankle in the closing stages to take the shine off a 15th LaLiga match unbeaten for Barca, who will now turn their attention to Tuesday's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi had the game's first half-chance in the fourth minute after finding space inside the Alaves box, but Spanish goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco was on hand to make a smart save.
Neymar has overtaken Ronaldinho by scoring his 95th goal for Barcelona.
It was 4-0 moments later when Suarez set free Messi who was tackled by Theo Hernandez.
The unfortunate injury suffered by Aleix Vidal!
Barca top the standings on 48 points although Real Madrid, second on 46 and having played three games less than the Catalans, can return to top spot when they visit basement club Osasuna later on Saturday.