Barcelona 5-0 Eibar: Report, Ratings & Reaction as 4-Goal Lionel Messi Dominates Braithwaite Debut

Barcelona were flattered slightly by the 5-0 scoreline as they dispatched Eibar on Saturday afternoon, a Lionel Messi masterclass the difference between the two sides. 

?The Argentine opened the scoring for Barcelona in sensational style inside 15 minutes, nutmegging one defender and beating multiple others before dinking the ball over the goalkeeper’s head.


Messi then doubled his side’s lead with another mazy run and finish, drilling the ball into the far corner. He wasn’t done there though, completing a stunning first-half hat-trick thanks to some poor Eibar defending and a ricochet after Antoine Griezmann should have scored.

The second half was an extremely tepid affair, with Barça looking lacklustre and constantly giving away the ball. However, Messi grabbed his fourth goal of the game with five minutes to go after good work from new signing Martin Braithwaite, before midfielder Arthur put the exclamation point on a 5-0 win.



Key Talking Point

The Catalan side started the day just one point behind rivals and table-toppers Real Madrid, and needed to put down a marker ahead of next weekend’s Clasico.

They did that to an extent, and a lot of it was down to ?Messi – as it pretty much always is. It sounds odd to say as they won 5-0, but Barcelona as a side weren’t that convincing, with Griezmann and ?Ivan Rakitic playing really poorly.


Despite that, they have Messi. Even though they’re probably not as good a side as Real Madrid are, with Messi they always have a chance.

Barcelona Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ter Stegen (6); Semedo (6), Pique (6), Lenglet (6), Firpo (6); Busquets (5), Rakitic (5), Vidal (7), Arthur (7); Messi (10*), Griezmann (5).

Substitutes: De Jong (6), Umtiti (6), Braithwaite (7).

Lionel Messi

This doesn’t require much thought does it? The mesmeric Argentine had actually gone four games without a goal in ?La Liga before Saturday, and seemed to take out all his goalscoring frustrations on Eibar.

This has probably been said a million times by now, but there really are no more superlatives to describe the man. Every goal he scores seems to be jaw-dropping, and he even makes the simplest finishes look incredible.

Eibar Player Ratings

Starting XI: Dmitrovic (6); Tejero (5), Burgos (5), Arbilla (5), Angel (4); Diop (7*), Exposito (6); Orellano (5), Escalante (5), Inui (6), Enrich (5).

Substitutes: De Blasis (6), Casin (6), Cristoforo (N/A).

Looking Ahead

?Barça now return to Champions League action with tricky test away to Napoli on Tuesday evening, before coming back to the biggest game of the league season. 

Eibar, on the other hand, have a week off before they look to bounce back against Levante in La Liga next Saturday.