Barcelona vs Las Palmas : Picture gallery and best moments
Barcelona survived a rather surprising onslaught of assault from relegation candidates Las Palmas as they further extended their lead at the top seat of La Liga in a frustrating Barcelona vs Las Palmas match. The round trip to Gran Canaria is over almost twice the total distance the Catalan side will tour for Champions league tie against Arsenal in midweek, and they will not have appreciated how hard they were made to labour to win against Quique Setien’s team in the FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas encounter.
Luis Enrique named a promising attacking side, missing Sergio Busquets through his suspension and resting Gerard Pique ahead of the European fixture but they nearly paid for it on many occasions as the home side pressed very aggressively and took advantage of a lackluster defensive structure in the first half of the FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas clash.
Barcelona opened the scoring card against the run of play. Following immense pressure from constant Las Palmas attacks, Jordi Alba suddenly found some space on the left wing in behind the defence line. He squared a swift cross into the box intended for Luis Suarez, who slammed it home at the back post for his now 26th La Liga goal of the season.
Less than just four minutes later and the scores were again level. Clumsy passes at the back end for Barcelona gave possession away rather cheaply and Jonathan Viera pulled off the tricky shot of the game with a superb back heel volley.
In the 39th minute Luis Suarez took sharp advantage of space down the right line, chipped to Messi clinically in the box who powered a solid shot straight at the keeper. As he rushed to convert the rebound, Neymar pounced hard and made it 2-1.