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Barcelona v Osasuna Live Commentary, 13/03/2022

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Ferran Torres (14 pen)
Ferran Torres (21)
P. Aubameyang (27)
Riqui Puig (75)
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Thanks for joining us for live coverage of Barcelona's 4-0 win over Osasuna in LaLiga.
That three points for the hosts moves them up to third, leapfrogging Atletico Madrid and Real Betis. They have their crucial second leg Europa League match against Galatasaray next, with the tie finely poised at 0-0. Defeat for the visitors keeps them in 11th, and they will host relegation-threatened Levante next time out as they look to get back on track.
It's an easy win for Barcelona as they stroll to a 4-0 home victory. Torres got the ball rolling from the penalty spot after Gavi was bundled over by Vidal. The former City man stepped up, and sent Herrera the wrong way to make it 1-0. He then doubled his side's lead on 21 minutes after an excellent Dembele pass found Torres, who slipped the ball underneath the keeper into the back of the net. Aubameyang got in on the act on 27 minutes, getting on the end of another brilliant Dembele assist to poke past Herrera. Puig rounded it off on 75 minutes when Herrera saved a shot from the young midfielder, only for the Barcelona man to latch onto the rebound before calmly firing into the back of the net.
D. Brašanac
Yellow Card
Osasuna
90' + 3' Brasanac gets a booking after the final whistle for throwing the ball in anger.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 4-0 OSASUNA
90' The fourth official indicates that there will be two minutes of additional time at the end of this match.
Unai García
Yellow Card
Osasuna
89' Unai Garcia receives a booking for a foul on Gavi.
87' Gavi exquisitely flicks the ball over an opponent's head as it comes to him, before winning a throw-in. That was a moment of real quality.
84' Depay acrobatically swings his leg behind him to meet an Alves cross. It's a decent attempt, but still goes wide of Herrera's goal.
82' Roberto Torres shoots from distance, but it's an awful attempt that flies high into the stands. That sums up Osasuna's performance.
M. Braithwaite
Ferran Torres
Barcelona
79' Ferran Torres makes way for Braithwaite.
Óscar Mingueza
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
79' Mingueza is on in place of Alba.
78' Alves finds Depay with a brilliant lofted through ball, but the Dutch forward can't quite get the ball to come down in time and Herrera is able to collect it.
Riqui Puig
Goal
Barcelona
75' Puig makes it 4-0!!! He initially shoots from the edge of the box, but his shot is saved by Herrera. However, Herrera pushes the ball straight back into the danger area where Puig races onto it. He takes it round the keeper and takes his time, calmly cutting onto his right foot before firing into the back of the net.
D. Brašanac
Javi Martínez
Osasuna
73' Martinez comes off for Brasanac.
Riqui Puig
Pedri
Barcelona
73' Pedri is replaced by Puig.
M. Depay
P. Aubameyang
Barcelona
73' Depay replaces Aubameyang up top.
71' Dembele has been the best player on the pitch so far, and he nearly gets a goal of his own as he drives into the box before firing at goal. Herrera does well to push the powerful effort behind for a corner to keep the score at 3-0.
69' Pedri claims for a penalty after Cote brings him down, but the referee waves play on.
A. Budimir
Iker Benito
Osasuna
67' Benito is replaced by Budimir.
66' Pedri tries to wriggle into the box, but he is dispossessed just in time to stop him from shooting.
64' The tempo of the game has just died down a little, as the hosts look happy to keep the ball to help preserve their lead.
C. Lenglet
Piqué
Barcelona
62' Pique comes off for Lenglet.
59' A powerful run from Dembele ends with a low delivery into a dangerous area, but none of his teammates are there to get anything goalwards.
57' The visitors have only won two of their last nine away league matches, failing to score in seven of those matches.
55' Pique has the ball in the net as he shot from a tight angle, but this time the linesman's flag does go up for offside and the score remains 3-0.
53' Aubameyang sees a shot blocked behind for a corner, as the Osasuna players looked for a flag from the linesman.
51' There's a big chance for Aubameyang as a Dembele cross picked him out, but his first-time half volley bounces wide.
50' Dembele's quick feet make space for him to shoot in the box, but his drilled effort is blocked.
48' Arrasate had to change something, and it remains to be seen whether his half-time triple substitution will make an impact.
46' The visitors get us back underway for the second period.
Aridane
David García
Osasuna
46' Hernandez also comes on for David Garcia.
Unai García
Lucas Torró
Osasuna
46' Arrasate brings off Torro for Unai Garcia at half-time.
Roberto Torres
Rubén García
Osasuna
46' Ruben Garcia comes off for Roberto Torres at the break.
With a big Europa League second leg against Galatasaray coming up next, will Xavi look to rest some of his key players by bringing them off?
We go to the break with the hosts absolutely cruising. Some of their football has been a joy to watch, although the visitors have been very poor. They got their first goal via the penalty spot, after Gavi was brought down by Vidal. Torres stepped up, and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to give his side the lead. He grabbed his second of the game on 21 minutes, when a superb Dembele ball picked out Torres in the box. The Spanish forward took a touch, before sliding the ball under Herrera to make it 2-0. Aubameyang added a third on 27 minutes, when another excellent Dembele pass allowed his teammate to toe the ball into the back of the net and give his side a big lead heading into half-time.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 3-0 OSASUNA
44' The home side have had ten shots compared to Osasuna's two.
42' It has been one-way traffic this half, and the visitors will have to drastically change something if they want to get anything out of this game.
40' Torres tries his luck from distance, but his effort is wild and flies well over the crossbar.
37' Barcelona have scored the most headed goals in LaLiga this season.
35' Another teasing cross from Dembele looks to be problematic for the defence but fortunately for them, no forwards can get on the end of it and the danger is gone for now.
33' Benito shoots with his left foot from outside the box, but he's falling as he does so and his tame effort bounces through to Ter Stegen.
31' This could get embarrassing for the visitors here, as they look all at sea at the back. The hosts look like scoring every time they come forward.
29' Vidal fizzes an effort over the bar, although the flag had already gone up for offside.
O. Dembélé
Assist
Barcelona
27' It was another excellent assist by Dembele to find Aubameyang in the box, before the striker did the rest.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Barcelona
27' Aubameyang adds another!!! Another brilliant ball from Dembele causes havoc in the Osasuna box, and the former Arsenal man gets a toe to it to poke past Herrera and make it 3-0.
25' The hosts really have the bit between their teeth here as they try to grab a third goal. Another nice move gets them into the box, but Alba's touch is heavy and the ball runs through to Herrera.
23' The visitors have avoided defeat in three of their last five LaLiga matches against Barcelona, but they will have to make a dramatic comeback to not lose here.
O. Dembélé
Assist
Barcelona
21' The pass from Dembele was perfectly weighted to allow Torres to finish past Herrera.
Ferran Torres
Goal
Barcelona
21' Torres make it 2-0!!! A lovely through ball from Dembele finds Torres in the box, and he takes one touch before sliding the ball through Herrera's legs to double his side's lead.
20' Xavi's men have had 80% of the possession so far in this match.
18' Aubameyang tries to bring down a long Alves ball into the box, but his touch is poor and Herrera can gather.
17' The hosts have won 11 of their last 13 home LaLiga meetings with Osasuna.
David García
Yellow Card
Osasuna
15' David Garcia now goes into the referee's book for a foul in midfield.
Ferran Torres
Penalty Goal
Barcelona
14' Ferran Torres makes no mistake!!! The former Manchester City man steps up and coolly sends the keeper the wrong way, as he strokes it into the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.
Nacho Vidal
Yellow Card
Osasuna
13' Vidal receives a booking for dragging down Gavi for the penalty incident.
13' The hosts have a penalty! Gavi runs onto an excellent through ball from Busquets, before Vidal drags him down. It's perhaps a little bit soft, and Barcelona will have a huge chance to get an early lead.
11' Dembele races onto a loose pass from Cruz, before cutting onto his left foot and letting fly with a powerful effort. Unfortunately for him, the ball flies past the right post.
9' Alves gives the ball away in midfield, but Osasuna can't take advantage as a misplaced pass goes out for a throw-in.
7' Alves whips a corner into the box, but Pique just can't quite jump high enough to reach it as the visitors clear.
5' Busquets tries to find Pedri with a clever ball into the box, but Cote is there to intercept it and clear upfield.
3' Ferran Torres claims for a penalty after he goes down in the box from a Vidal challenge, but there's not enough contact for the referee to award him a penalty and the visitors will have a goal-kick.
1' The hosts kick us off and we are underway.
The two sides make their way onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.
Visiting boss Jagoba Arrasate goes with two alterations from their 1-0 win over Villarreal, as Cote replaces Sanchez at left-back while Benito is in for Chimy Avila, who misses out through suspension.
Home head coach Xavi Hernandez makes two changes from their 2-1 win over Elche last time out in the league, with Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia coming in for Araujo and Frenkie De Jong. Gavi drops into midfield as Ferran Torres and Dembele will play either side of Aubameyang up top.
SUBS: Manuel Sanchez, Aridane Hernandez, Barbero, Unai Garcia, Oier Sanjurjo, Inigo Perez, Darko Brasanac, Ante Budimir, Kike Barja, Jonas Ramalho, Juan Perez, Roberto Torres.
OSASUNA (4-3-3): Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, David Garcia, Alvaro Juan Cruz Armada, Cote; Jon Moncayola, Lucas Torro, Javi Martinez; Iker Benito, Kike Garcia, Ruben Garcia.
SUBS: Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Adama Traore, Riqui Puig, Luuk de Jong, Neto, Clement Lenglet, Sergino Dest, Arnau Tenas, Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Pablo Gaviria; Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.
The visitors are currently 11th in the table and have struggled with consistency of late, with two victories and two defeats in their last four matches.
The hosts come into this game in fifth position, but they can climb to third with a victory here. They are on a fantastic run of form too having not lost in their last eleven matches, winning seven of those matches.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Osasuna at Camp Nou.