2nd September, 2018
Many of us saw this coming. That is, the win for Barcelona F.C.
However, not many of us knew that Barca was this angry at the fact that Real Madrid was sitting comfortably at the top of the LaLiga table and had decided to do something about the situation.
Unfortunately for Huesca F.C., they came to Nou Camp at this kind of time and became the sacrificial lamb. And that is after starting their appearance in LaLiga so encouragingly.
Some people say, maybe they should have shown some respect for Barca and not go scoring the first goal in this kind if game but then who knows? They did score the first goal but ended up with a bagful of goals to take back with them.
Huesca drew the first blood in the game as they scored the first goal of the game as early as in the third minute through Cucho Hernández thereby jolting the home team to action.
That they did quickly as “Mr. Reliable” Messi levelled matters up in the 16th minute to clear any doubts about their intention for this game. As Barca decided to show the stuff they are made of, Huesca naturally had to resort to defending with almost the whole team and rely on counter attacks.
Barcelona then took full control of the game and dominated the rest of the half, creating chance after chance and forcing goalkeeper Axel Werner into many saves.
And of course, came the goals naturally, even when their second goal came from an unexpected source. It came from an own goal scored by Jorge Pulido in the 24th minute of the game.
This was followed by another Barca goal scored by Luis Suarez in the 39th minute. And just as the home team thought they are now coasting home smoothly, a defensive lapse from Barça saw Álex Gallar score the second goal for Huesca and give them some hope for the second half.
However, Barcelona left no one in doubt about their intentions in a second half blitz as they scored three quick goals in just 15 minutes into the second half through Ousmane Dembele in the 48th , Ivan Rakitic in the 52nd and “Merciless” Messi in the 61st minutes to take the game beyond the reach of the visitors.
They were not done though, as they added another two goals through Jordi Alba in the 81st and then Luis Suarez through a penaltykick in the 90th minutes to seal the game at 8-2.
Meanwhile, there was time to allow Arturo Vidal and Arthur get a feel of the game for some 20 minutes as they continue the process of gradual integration into the Barca style of football.
At the end, it was a beautiful night of football especially if you are a Barcelona fan.
The team line-ups were as follows:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti (Lenglet), Alba; Rakitic (Vidal), Busquets (Arthur), Coutinho; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé
Goals: Messi (16’, 61’), Pulido (OG 24’), Suárez (39’, 90’+2), Dembélé (48’), Rakitic (52’), Alba (81’)
Huesca: Werner; Miramón, Pulido, Etxeita, Luisinho; Gallar (Semedo), Musto, Melero, Gómez; Longo (Gürler), Hernández (Ávila)
Goals: Hernández (3’), Gallar (42’)