Lionel Messi scored and got two assists as Barcelona ease to a 4-0 victory outside to fight Real Mallorca, giving the leaders of la Liga, the perfect return to action after the Spanish football three-month hiatus due to the pandemic Covide-19. The Argentine has now scored at least 20 goals in the league in 12 consecutive seasons.
The champions have made a good start when midfielder of chile Arturo Vidal scored a diving header in the second minute, while the Danish international Martin Braithwaite scored his first goal for Barça later in the first half.
Jordi Alba then added a third goal in the 79th minute after being hung to a depth of Messi, who had also scored the goal of Braithwaite. The Argentine then completed the scoring with a strike deflected in the game stops. His series of a dozen consecutive seasons in la Liga with 20 goals or more is a record.
This victory door Barcelona with 61 points after 28 matches, five ahead of Real Madrid, which receives Eibar on Sunday during his first game back.
The game was played behind closed doors, but a fan wearing a jersey of the Argentina in any way on the ground, only to be quickly dragged away by security guards.
Luis Suarez made his first appearance since he injured his knee six months ago, coming out of the bench in the second period, while his fellow uruguayan Ronald Araújo hit the post shortly before Alba hit.
Leganés still deeply in the problems of relegation after losing 2-1 at home to Real Valladolid. The local team has taken a departure nightmarish when the attacker Turkish Enes Unal has passed the ball into an empty net in the second minute.
Valladolid has looked in control for most of the match and doubled their lead when Rubén Alcaraz hit high in the net in the 54th minute, although Leganés pulled a goal back in the 84th with a penalty of Óscar Rodríguez.
To make things worse for the second bottom Leganés, Espanyol has evolved to equal points with them thanks to a 2-0 victory against Alavés.