Barcelona moved three points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday ahead of Real Madrid’s game on Sunday, as they overcame Alaves 4-1 at Camp Nou.
The hosts made a bright start to the game, with Lionel Messi seeing his early goal ruled out for offside. They continued to press forward and soon took the lead after 14 minutes through Antoine Griezmann, who fired in an excellent right-footed strike from the edge of the area.
Barça came close to a second seven minutes before half time, with Messi just poking wide following a lightning quick counter-attack involving Griezmann. However, they did double their advantage just before the break as Arturo Vidal rifled home Luis Suarez’s pass.
The second half began in much the same way, with La Blaugrana continuing to dominate proceedings. Griezmann found the net once more only five minutes into the second period, but it was ruled out for offside. However, Alaves pulled one back on 55 minutes through Pere Pons, with the midfielder powerfully heading home.
The home side restored their two-goal lead on 69 minutes, however, as Messi sublimely curled home from outside the area. Luis Suarez made it four five minutes later from the penalty spot, after VAR awarded a spot-kick. Valverde’s men saw out the rest of the game to pick up a valuable three points.