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Deportivo Alavés v Barcelona Live Commentary, 19/07/2020

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Ansu Fati (24)
L. Messi (34)
L. Suárez (44)
Nélson Semedo (57)
L. Messi (75)
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La Liga officially finishes with a few more sides in action later today, including champions Real Madrid - so thank you for joining us, and maybe we'll see you very soon!
Quique Setien wraps up his first domestic league season in charge of Barca as he will hopefully mean to pick up in just over a month. His side have not always quite responded the way they could have this season but they looked a team back to their proverbial best in attack today. It bodes well for Europe, where a tie with Napoli awaits.
It's a fine finale to La Liga for Barcelona as they brush off the frustrations of losing the title - or perhaps, channel it - with a demolition of Alaves in superb style. A Lionel Messi double is the pick of the bunch as the Argentine flexed his usual creative muscles again, but the Blaugrana never looked like a side anything less than switched on. Alaves will have the off-season to lick their wounds - their visitors though march on to Europe now. At full-time, it's Alaves 0-5 Barcelona.
90' + 2' Where will this Barcelona side finish next season? As Roberto denies them at close-range - Braithwaite attempting to convert Messi's latest delivery - it's hard to shake the sense that this is a team fired up by their failings on the silverware front this season. There's still time for a Champions League triumph of course - but losing La Liga hurt and it shows.
90' Suarez nearly makes it half-a-dozen, as he comes close to clipping Braithwaite's ball in at the right post, only to end up in the stands. There will be four extra minutes here.
87' There's only a handful of minutes left and still Barcelona are hunting a sixth goal. This domestic campaign is all but over - but they've already dropped a gauntlet for next term here. Alaves - safe of course in La Liga for another year - will have to face them once again.
85' An Alaves free-kick now allows the hosts another chance to snatch something for the scoreline but it is a broadside effort from Joselu, who sprays it across the face of goal.
83' How have Alaves missed that?! It's a glorious chance to pick up a consolation goal, as the long ball finds Joselu on the edge of the Barca penalty area, but his diving header is sent wide of the mark. They've burned that one quite fantastically.
81' Messi goes for the assist, tipping the ball into the box - but Alaves head it away and whip it away to the centre-circle.
80' Edgar concedes a free-kick close to the edge of the Alaves box and Messi steps up with little argument. The question is, will he go for goal or for an assist?
M. Braithwaite
Ansu Fati
78' Martin Braithwaite has now arrived for Barcelona as the game resumes, but it is Fati who makes way for him instead.
77' Both sides will pause now to take on water before resuming the final few minutes of their 2019-20 season in La Liga.
Jordi Alba
75' It's a fine ball from Alba and Messi doesn't have to do as much as he sometimes does to get on the end of it. The finish is almost ordinary by his standards, but it's a strong finish regardless.
L. Messi
75' GOAL! BARCELONA! 5-0 to the visitors and it's that man, Lionel Messi, once more! He latches onto a cross from Alba into the box and cracks it straight past Roberto. The keeper doesn't even seem to see it. Two goals for the Argentine and Alaves will just want this day to end.
73' There's still no sign of that change for Barca as Suarez moves with a tenderness down the left flank. The former Liverpool man might be trying to shake it off if he can.
71' Martin Braithwaite is warming up on the sidelines and it looks as if he may be about to take the place of a fellow Barca man. Suarez has perhaps overextended himself somewhat - he looks a little slow on his feet right now.
69' Fati can't quite get onto the end of a Suarez pass that skitters across the face of the Alaves box and the hosts have a goal-kick.
67' Alaves think they should have a penalty shout but an offside move in the build-up derails their claim. Nothing seems to be going their way right now.
A. Mahmoud
Deportivo Alavés
65' Camarasa's day is done for Alaves with Abdallahi Mahmoud on in his place.
63' Every time Alaves look poised to break, Barcelona muscle up at the back. Vidal is slotting into the defensive line like a well-coiffured cog in the machine. It must be so frustrating for any side playing against them.
61' Barcelona have had 13 shots compared to four from their hosts so far. Every time they've had a crack, they've looked like they might have a chance of finding the back of the net.
L. Fejsa
Manu García
Deportivo Alavés
59' Alaves meanwhile bring on Fejsa as they look to steady the ship.
F. de Jong
Sergio Busquets
58' Barcelona back that up with another change, subbing out Busquets for Frenkie de Jong.
Riqui Puig
57' Riqui Puig is the man who sets up the goalscorer, and it's a lovely touch off the outside of his foot. Alaves are looking shellshocked by that latest effort.
Nélson Semedo
57' GOAL! BARCELONA! Nelson Semedo adds another to the visitors' tally, crashing a close-range effort beyond Roberto after he is fed in on the right edge of the box. The Blaugrana are absolutely firing right now.
55' Alba gets cited for a nudge in the small of Edgar's back but it goes no further than that and the Barca man escapes without a card.
53' Messi almost makes it two for his own personal haul today, snapping onto the end of a lob pass tipped into the Alaves box, but his right-footed attempt is skewed well wide of the mark.
52' It's Vidal to the rescue for Barca as he clears the free-kick with a header, putting it out for a corner - and he's then at the heart of defusing that next set-piece too. Alaves see their sniff of a chance snuffed out.
Nélson Semedo
C. Lenglet
50' Barca make a change now, introducing Semedo for Lenglet.
50' The visitors spread it wide, but Alaves counter themselves down the right flank. Edgar gets tipped over and the hosts have a free-kick.
48' Say what you want about Barca this season, but they look a side today who do not intend to go quietly into the night. Alaves have had trouble containing all their inventiveness so far, though they have looked marginally more settled to start this half.
Luis Rioja
O. Burke
Deportivo Alavés
46' Luis Rioja is the final new face, replacing Oliver Burke for Alaves.
Alberto Rodríguez
Deportivo Alavés
46' Victor Laguardia meanwhile makes way for Tachi for the hosts.
Pere Pons
Lucas Pérez
Deportivo Alavés
46' Pere Pons has replaced Lucas Perez in one of a handful of changes for Alaves.
46' We're back underway for the second half here - will Barcelona continue this rout or have Alaves got a response up their sleeve?
If someone at Napoli watched that 45 minutes or so, they'll be thinking best how to stop the Blaugrana from cutting them open in the Champions League. Quique Setien will be keen to finish this 2019-20 campaign on a high in Europe - and his side have shown they're very much still in the mood today.
Goals for Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have seen Barcelona run riot so far - and there could have been more, were it not for the efforts of Roberto between the sticks. The West Ham shotstopper has arguably been his side's best player in a match where the visitors have looked intent to finish La Liga on a high, even if they don't have the title to show for it. At the break, it's Alaves 0-3 Barcelona.
45' After that quick flurry of excitement, there's just going to be two extra minutes here before the break.
Jordi Alba
44' Alba gets the assist but this whole move is Barcelona in their fluid prime. They looked the absolute business, right there.
L. Suárez
44' GOAL! BARCELONA! There's no stopping Luis Suarez from that distance! It's Jordia Alba with the short volley assist inside the box, fed from outside with a lovely well-weighted ball, and the striker powers a close-range header home. 3-0 and it's a long way back for Alaves.
43' Alaves make the break wide down the left now and almost unlock the Blaugrana defence, but the visitors' defence circle back fast enough to cut them off at edge of the box.
41' What a save from Roberto! Vidal latches onto a wonderful ball floated in by Messi just a handful of yards out - and yet the keeper manages to palm his attempt off with the reflexes of a tiger. A sensational stop keeps this at a two-goal game.
38' An opening for Alaves as Lenglet deflects Joselu's shot behind for a corner, but Perez's delivery is cleared.
34' What a half this has been from Puig, one of few truly bright spots in Barca's season.
34' GOOOAAAAALLL! It's 2-0 to the visitors! Barca break with speed and Puig tees up Messi to slot home from near the penalty spot after his delay left Roberto helpless.
30' Some reprieve for Alaves as Busquets fouls Perez. They've found it tough to keep the ball for long enough to threaten Neto's goal.
27' ROBERTO denies Suarez! Puig find the striker and his low effort is well stopped by the Alaves keeper low to his right.
L. Messi
24' Assist Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini
24' It's another assist for Messi, who takes his tally to 21 for the season - 10 more than any other player.
24' GOOOAAAAAAL! Barca have their breakthrough! Messi's cross from the right took a nick off a defender and fell kindly for Fati, who blasted a finish into the right-hand corner. 1-0 Barcelona!
21' CLOSE! Messi whips a free-kick just over the bar after being felled outside the area. Barca are still pushing for the opener.
17' SAVE! Messi turns provider this time for Suarez but Roberto does well to block his effort straight down the middle.
15' MESSI HITS THE POST! Barca are battling 11 players and three bits of goal frame, here! Messi sets his sights just outside the box but he can only find the left-hand post.
12' OFF THE BAR AGAIN! This time it's Vidal who is denied by the woodwork, blasting Puig's pass onto the frame of the goal from inside the penalty area.
9' OVER! Manu Garcia with a sighter for the home side, but his effort flies over the bar. Barca then work it swiftly down the other end only for Fati's strike to whistle narrowly past the right-hand post.
6' Barca have this firmly under control but can't quite pick apart a packed Alaves defence. Lenglet wins a free-kick for a foul by Perez.
3' OFF THE BAR! Barca start on the front foot and Puig almost puts them ahead in spectacular fashion, smashing a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards out.
1' The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
The teams are out and kick-off is just moments away...
Barca hand a rare start in goal to Neto, understudy to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Academy products Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati also start, the latter partnering Messi and Luis Suarez in attack.
DEPORTIVO ALAVES SUBS: Pere Pons, Jose Luis Rodríguez, Paulino De la Fuente, Luis Rioja, Aritz Castro, Abdallahi Mahmoud, Ljubomir Fejsa, Rafa Navarro, Aleix Vidal, Tachi, Borja Sainz.
DEPORTIVO ALAVES (4-4-2): Roberto Jimenez; Martin Aguirregabiria, Adrian Marin, Victor Laguardia, Lisandro Magallan; Edgar Mendez, Oliver Burke, Victor Camarasa, Manu Garcia; Lucas Perez, Joselu.
BARCELONA SUBS: Frenkie de Jong, Martin Braithwaite, Nelson Semedo, Arnau, Marc-Andre ter Stegen
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Neto; Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Riqui Puig, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.
In Alaves, Barca are facing a side with nothing riding on the game given their four-point cushion to the drop zone. Quique Setien will be keen to see a reaction to their Osasuna reverse and build some momentum ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaign. They face the second leg of a last-16 encounter with Napoli last month, a tie locked at 1-1. Team news coming up...
Barca lost the title race last week as Real Madrid beat Villarreal to secure their 34th top-flight crown. The Catalans' 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna, and Lionel Messi's angry reaction, simply made the day that bit more bitter.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Deportivo Alaves v Barcelona on the final day of the LaLiga season.