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La Liga 2017/18: Girona 0-3 Barcelona, 5 Talking Points

La Liga 2017/18: Girona 0-3 Barcelona, 5 Talking Points”

Barcelona made it six wins in as many games in the Spanish league on Saturday when it won 3-0 at Girona thanks to a pair of own goals by the hosts.

Alba's half-volley was turned in by Aday Benitez for Barca's first goal in their first-ever La Liga derby against Girona, and the left-back spoke of his happiness at how things were going under Valverde.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal helped provoke a second goal three minutes after halftime, when Suarez deftly let Vidal's risky short pass go through his legs, hit surprised goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and turned into the net.

The Catalan giants hold a four-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga table with a ideal six-wins-out-of-six record.

Champions Real Madrid moved up to fourth with a 2-1 win away to bottom-of-the-table Alaves but still trail Barca by seven points. Messi scored nine goals in the first five rounds.

And Suarez rounded off the scoring himself with just his second goal of the season by whipping the ball into Iraizoz's near post from Sergi Roberto's pass over the top. We're delighted for him but it's also important to point out that when he hasn't been scoring he has been giving us other, important things: "hard work, a team player, linking play", said technical secretary Robert Fernandez of Suarez after the game.

Ceballos was one of three changes made to the side that lost to Betis by Zidane as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were left on the bench ahead of Tuesday's Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund.

"We are happy that a player of his stature wants to come to Atletico Madrid", Atletico boss Diego Simeone said of Costa's return.

There were missed chances at both ends in the second half.

Second-half strikes from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann helped Atletico to leapfrog Sevilla into second place.



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