Eibar vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
12:00pm Saturday October
Estadio Municipal de Ipura
Barcelona trident of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann got on the scoresheet for the first time together in a 3-0 win away to Eibar which took the tables La Liga winners top.
Though Real Madrid, that have 18, could retake top spot once they visit Actual Mallorca the Catalans lead the standings for first time this year on 19 points after two games.
Griezmann put Barca following a route-one movement from his side as Clement Lenglet established the ball in the heart of the field that is down to release the France ahead, who calmly slotted inside the near post.
The three forward all combined for the two goals in a indication that the trio are ultimately gelling following a stop-start season interrupted by accidents to Messi and Suarez.
Suarez brought the ball into the area for Griezmann to slip it across for Messi to score in the 58th minute.
Griezmann was the architect of this target, rolling on the ball from deep to Messis route, who squared for Suarez to tap into an empty net in the 66th minute and round Barcas fifth successive victory in all competitions.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde recognized the three forwards superb performances, stating it was inevitable they would start dovetailing later or earlier.
Its a matter of the time and games. In the long run, the best players always wind up playing nicely together and understand how they need to play to get the best out of each other, he explained.
They participated a great deal and worked very nicely together and now we got exactly what we needed.
Barca have 10 days until their second league game at home to Real Valladolid after next weekends clash with Real Madrid was postponed because of widespread violence across Catalonia following the jailing of separatist leaders over safety concerns.
These three factors are very precious as after an global break its difficult to play well because everybody is tired from their trips but we played very well, said Griezmann.
We knew that they would press us high up the pitch, and so I told Clement when he saw the wing down to play with me , and then he did that. We made a great deal of opportunities from long stretches now.
Barca were because of suspension nevertheless France defender Samuel Umtiti gave a performance in his first start of the season after a series of knee issues.
This is the best match we have played away from home both for the outcome and the performance, added Lenglet.
Eibar hardly had any opportunities but we made a good deal. It was a really complete performance from us from start to finish.
There was one sour note for the side of Ernesto Valverde, but as back Sergi Roberto had to be taken off with a suspected knee injury at the start of the second half.