Spanish La Liga match report Eibar v FC Barcelona 17 February 2018


But the La Liga record for unbeaten streak belongs to Real Sociedad, which were unbeaten for 39 consecutive games in the 1979/80 season. Lionel Messi picked the ball up just inside the Eibar half before playing a sweeping, angled pass ahead of the high defensive line, which fell to Suarez on the right and he rounded the keeper to slot into the net.

Jordi Alba sealed the win late in the game as he took advantage of space down his flank following the dismissal of Fabian Orellana to fire home a rebound to see Barca come through a fixture that ended up being more hard than they would have liked. Behind the back-four, Marc-Andre ter Stegen should once again be the one to guard the Barcelona goal. Substitutes: David Lomban (for Ramis, 46) 6, Gonzalo Escalante (for Diop) 6, Charles (for Jordan, 83) 6.

Barcelona needed to put down a marker after two disappointing league results but found it hard to play through an Eibar side who pressed from the off, and saw Jose Angel nod over the bar inside a minute.

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Winger Fabian Orellana joined Eibar on loan from Valencia in December and has recently begun to show signs of becoming an integral part of this ambitious side.

Philippe Coutinho, who is likely to feature in a more central role at Barcelona, compared to where he played at Liverpool is cup-tied, so there is an extra onus on the wing-backs to provide that width.

It would be remiss for the Catalan team to underestimate in-form Eibar, who this year's plucky underdogs that are vying for a place in Europe. What can I say of him that I haven't before?

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Barca led when Lionel Messi played in Suarez, who slotted home.

Eibar did not give Barcelona a moment's rest in possession, especially in midfield, and forced the league leaders to look for long balls out of defence.

The hosts were not deterred by the red card as they dominated the proceedings with 15 minutes as they pushed for an equaliser.

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The Blues head coach accepts his side must produce a ideal performance in Tuesday's last-16 Champions League first leg at Stamford Bridge to stand any chance of eliminating Barcelona.