Luis Suarez broke the house aspect’s resistance quarter-hour into the second half, earlier than Lionel Messi hit a late double so as to add gloss to the scoreline.
“We’ve got been affected person and we created plenty of possibilities,” coach Luis Enrique stated after the match. “I’m proud of the sport I’ve watched.”
With out the suspended Neymar, it was wanting like one other irritating afternoon for Enrique’s aspect, as an uncharacteristically profligate Messi spurned two gilt-edged possibilities when clear via on objective within the first half.
Sergio Leon then seemed to have given Osasuna the lead after breaking freed from Barcelona’s protection, however watched on as his audacious chip struck Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s crossbar.
In fact, it was extra a case of when, not if, Barcelona would take the lead and Suarez lastly broke the impasse on the hour mark.
Messi discovered Jordi Alba’s marauding run and the left-again performed the ball throughout objective for Suarez to faucet into an empty internet.
As Osasuna heads dropped, Barcelona started to show the screw and doubled its lead lower than quarter-hour later.
Alba was as soon as once more the supplier, this time squaring for Messi to steer the ball house on the close to publish.
The Argentine sealed the win with a magical third, wriggling free of 4 Osasuna defenders, earlier than coolly floating the ball into the highest nook.
“We’re Barcelona and we’re candidates for the league title,” Suarez stated. “We’ll all the time do all the things to try this.”
The Catalan membership briefly cuts Actual Madrid’s lead on the prime of La Liga to 3 factors, with Zinedine Zindane’s aspect set to face Deportivo La Coruña in Saturday’s late kick-off.
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