Things are going well at Barcelona. They’ve again cut the gap between themselves and leaders Atletico Madrid to just four points, and they look more capable of winning LaLiga Santander than anyone else.
Lionel Messi looks happy, Ronald Koeman has found a plan that works, and his players are coming into the final stretch of the season in their best form of the campaign so far.
Of course, Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a work of art.
He celebrated his 767th appearance with his 660th and 661st goal, both being beautiful strikes.
Antoine Griezmann finally reappeared on the scoresheet after a month and a half without scoring.
The Frenchman scored a belting goal of his own, though it wasn’t quite as nice as Messi’s.
Adrian Cordero Vega awarded a strange penalty when Rafa Mir went down over Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
It’s hard to explain how a decision like that was made with VAR in use.
Oscar Mingueza keeps taking steps forward. He appeared early in the second half to restore the two-goal lead and get his first goal for the club.
He’s improving and could still have a role at the club next season.
The chance that Rafa Mir missed will keep him up at night. A yard in front of an open goal, he decided to use his shoulder instead of his head and the ball went over.
Ronald Koeman was key again, and he set up with his 3-4-3 again. The plan worked, and Barcelona convinced.
Ronald Araujo was back after a long time out, coming off the bench in the second half for Frenkie de Jong.