2019-2020 LaLiga
  • Antoine Griezmann (13')
  • Lionel Messi (58')
  • Luis Suárez (66')

Griezmann, Messi, Suarez on target as Barcelona beat Eibar despite travel chaos

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Frenkie De Jong starting to shine for Barca (0:47)

Janusz Michallik and Ross Dyer believe Barcelona's new boys are starting to click after their 3-0 win at Eibar. (0:47)

Barcelona put the civil unrest back home to one side as they enjoyed a comfortable win away to Eibar with Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez all on target in the same match for the first time.

The build-up to this game was dominated by the ongoing clashes in Catalonia, sparked by protests against jail sentences handed to nine Catalan separatist leaders, and even forced Barca to change their travel plans for this match at the last minute.

However, the issues didn't seem to affect Barca, who took the lead on 13 minutes when Griezmann took advantage of a slip from Eibar's Pablo de Blasis to race through and open the lead.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde welcomed the superb performances of his forwards.

"It's a question of time and games. In the end, the top players always end up playing well together and learn how they need to play to get the best out of each other," he told reporters.

"They participated a lot and worked very well together and today we got what we deserved."

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Barca eventually doubled their lead on 58 minutes in a move which involved all three of their frontmen.

Frenkie de Jong played the ball to Suarez before it came to Griezmann, who laid off a perfect pass to Messi and the Argentina captain did the rest.

It was 3-0 on 66 minutes when Messi unselfishly played in Suarez when the two were bearing down on Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, and the Uruguay international finished off into the empty net.

"These three points are very valuable as after an international break it's difficult to play well because everyone is tired from their trips but we played very well," Griezmann told reporters.

"We knew that they would press us high up the pitch so I told Clement [Lenglet] if he saw down the wing to play me in, and he did that. We created a lot of chances from long passes today."

Barca were without influential defender Gerard Pique due to suspension but France defender Samuel Umtiti gave a towering performance in his first start of the season after a series of knee problems.

There was one sour note for Ernesto Valverde's side, however, as right back Sergi Roberto had to be taken off at the start of the second half with a suspected knee injury.

The result sends Barca to the top of the table, above Real Madrid, who later lost to Mallorca.

Information from Reuters was used in this report

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 15 +23 34
2 Real Madrid 15 +21 34
3 Sevilla FC 16 +5 31
4 Real Sociedad 16 +8 27
5 Getafe 16 +8 27
6 Athletic Bilbao 16 +7 26
7 Atletico Madrid 16 +6 26
8 Valencia 16 +3 26
9 Granada 16 +3 24
10 Osasuna 16 +4 23
11 Real Betis 16 -5 22
12 Levante 16 -5 20
13 Villarreal 16 +4 19
14 Real Valladolid 16 -4 19
15 Alavés 16 -6 18
16 Eibar 16 -13 15
17 Mallorca 16 -12 14
18 Celta Vigo 16 -11 13
19 Leganes 16 -16 9
20 Espanyol 16 -20 9