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Sep 2, 2018 at 5.30pm UK at Camp Nou
Attendance: 72,892
Messi (16', 61'), Pulido (24' og.), Suarez (39', 90' pen.), Dembele (48'), Rakitic (52'), Alba (81')
FT(HT: 3-2)
Cucho (3'), Gallar (42')

Result: Barcelona put eight past Huesca at Camp Nou

Barcelona make it three wins from three matches at the start of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign courtesy of a 8-2 victory over newly-promoted Huesca at Camp Nou.

Barcelona made it three wins from three matches at the start of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign courtesy of a 8-2 victory over newly-promoted Huesca at Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice for the Spanish champions, while Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba also registered during an entertaining 90 minutes of football.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's La Liga clash with Huesca on September 2, 2018© Reuters

Huesca took a shock lead inside three minutes at Camp Nou, with on-loan Watford striker Cucho Hernandez converting from close range after Samuele Longo had headed down inside the Barcelona box.

The home side were level in the 16th minute, however, when Messi worked his way into the Huesca box before finding the bottom corner via the inside of the post.

On-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Axel Werner made three smart saves to keep out efforts from Dembele, Rakitic and Luis Suarez in the period that followed as Barcelona looked to turn the game around.

The Spanish champions did score their second in the 24th minute, however, when a low Alba cross was turned into the back of his own net by Huesca centre-back Jorge Pulido.

Dembele then struck the crossbar with a powerful effort in the 29th minute during a difficult period for Huesca.

Barcelona had another half-chance in the 35th minute when Messi stood over a free kick outside the Huesca box, but the Argentine sent the ball high of the away side's crossbar.

Ernesto Valverde's side did have their third in the 39th minute though, when Suarez tapped a low Alba cross into the back of the net. VAR checked for a possible offside, but the goal was given.

Huesca answered almost immediately back, however, with Alex Gallar turning a low Moi Gomez cross past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for 3-2.

The home side almost scored a fourth early in the second period when Messi broke the offside trap before striking towards goal, but the crossbar came to Huesca's rescue.

Barcelona were not to be denied, however, and scored a fourth moments later when Dembele found the bottom corner with an excellent low strike.

Four then became five in the 52nd minute when Rakitic produced a stunning half-volley from a Messi pass, with Werner again given no chance between the Huesca sticks.

Sergi Roberto almost made it six moments later, but the right-back's effort just moved wide of the post, before Werner kept out a low Philippe Coutinho effort moments later.

Messi did score Barcelona's sixth in the 61st minute, however, when he raced onto Coutinho pass before finding the far corner of the net.

Summer arrivals Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Arthur all entered the field for Barcelona in the period that followed, while Ruben Semedo - in prison earlier this year - entered the field for Huesca.

Messi sent a free kick just wide of the Huesca post in the 78th minute as Barcelona searched for a seventh, and it finally arrived in the 81st minute when Alba sent a low effort through the legs of Werner.

Suarez should have scored an eighth for Barcelona in the final minute when he met an inventive effort from Vidal, but the ball flew wide of the far post.

Suarez was not to be denied, however, and after being brought to the ground by Werner inside the box, the Uruguay international stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot as Barcelona hit eight on home soil.

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti (Lenglet 65'), Alba; Rakitic (Vidal 71'), Busquets (Arthur 76'), Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele

HUESCA (4-4-2): Werner; Miramon, Pulido, Etxeita, Luisinho; Gallar (Semedo 65'), Musto, Melero, Gomez; Hernandez (Avila 72'), Longo (Gurler 58')

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