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Mar 6, 2021 at 8pm UK
OsasunaOsasuna
0-2
BarcelonaBarcelona
 
FT(HT: 0-1)
Alba (30'), Moriba (83')
Umtiti (26'), Firpo (88')

Result: Osasuna 0-2 Barcelona: Ilaix Moriba scores first Blaugrana goal

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It was a fourth league win in five games for Ronald Koeman's side.

Barcelona continued their impressive form with a 2-0 win at Osasuna to close on LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Jordi Alba fired the visitors ahead in the 30th minute, with teenage substitute Ilaix Moriba adding a late second for his first Barcelona goal.

It was a fourth league win in five games for Ronald Koeman's side, who kept the pressure on at the top – now just two points behind Atletico ahead of Sunday's derby with Real Madrid.

Koeman made two changes from the side which secured their place in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday after defeating Sevilla, with Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann coming in.

Osasuna tested Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the 15th minute when the Barca goalkeeper tipped over a curling effort from Kike Barja.

The home side looked to have been reduced to 10 men after just 21 minutes when goalkeeper Sergio Herrera was shown a red card after a handball outside the penalty area as Lionel Messi tried to go around him.

However, the decision was reviewed by VAR, with Messi ruled to have been offside in the build-up, so Herrera was reprieved.

Jordi Alba fired Barcelona ahead, latching onto a sweeping pass from Lionel Messi (Alvaro Barrientos/Press Association Images)

Barcelona broke the deadlock on the half-hour when a sweeping pass from Messi picked out Jordi Alba as he raced into the left side of the Osasuna penalty area to fire an angled drive into the roof of the net.

Ter Stegen had to be alert again in the 34th minute to push away Ruben Garcia's shot across goal before Messi rolled a shot just wide of the far corner.

Koeman made a tactical change for the second half, as Ousmane Dembele replaced Umtiti.

Messi – seeking to reach 20 goals for what would be a 13th consecutive LaLiga campaign – forced Herrera into action with a 25-yard effort.

As the hour mark passed, Barca broke clear but Griezmann hit his shot from the edge of the penalty area straight at defender Aridane Hernandez, with the French forward soon replaced by Martin Braithwaite.

Osasuna came close to an equaliser in the 70th minute when Jonathan Calleri's diving header dropped just off target from Garcia's cross.

With eight minutes left, Messi set up Moriba on the edge of the box, and the 18-year-old curled a fine left-foot effort into the top corner.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico35238461223977
2Real Madrid35229460263475
3Barcelona35236680334775
4Sevilla35225851292271
5Real Sociedad351511953351856
6Villarreal351313953421152
7Real Betis34149114346-351
8Celta Vigo351211125053-347
9Athletic Bilbao351113114638846
10Granada34136154355-1245
11CadizCadiz351110143150-1943
12Osasuna351011143343-1041
13Valencia35912144651-539
14Levante35912144050-1039
15Getafe35810172641-1534
16AlavesAlaves35711173054-2432
17Real Valladolid35516143249-1731
18Huesca35612173352-1930
19ElcheElche35612172952-2330
20EibarEibar35611182746-1929
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