Barcelona vs Osasuna – Football Match Report – 13th March 2022

Ferran Torres scored twice and Ousmane Dembele added two assists as Barcelona went wild with three goals in the opening 30 minutes to claim a 4-0 win over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The result, Barcelona’s fourth successive league win, moved them back to third in La Liga, ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Betis, as the Catalans’ strong resurgence under Xavi continued apace.

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And the sparkling performance, which also included goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Riqui Puig, added to a day of celebration at Camp Nou. The Barcelona women’s team paraded the freshly won Primera Division trophy before kick-off and Gerard Pique took his place in the starting line-up for his 600th appearance for the club.

It was also a perfect response, after Barcelona were frustrated at being held scoreless at home to Galatasaray in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.

Three days later, it took them just 14 minutes to break the deadlock. Midfielder Gavi created the chance as he burst through the defenders to try and reach a ball across the box but was swept away by Nacho Vidal, for the start of what was a trying first half for the Osasuna defender.

Referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea didn’t hesitate to point the penalty spot and Torres sent Osasuna keeper Sergio Herrera the wrong way to put Barcelona on their way.

Just seven minutes later, Barcelona and Torres had their second. Dembele took center stage this time, cutting inside his left foot before netting a magnificent through ball for Torres. Driving from the left flank, the former Manchester City striker calmly placed his shot into Herrera’s legs.

“I’m really happy that we won and that we’re moving forward,” Torres told reporters afterwards. “Our goal is to keep climbing the rankings and to keep improving game after game.”

At this point, Barcelona’s new attack was really purring and, after such a dismal start to the season, the Camp Nou crowd were fully enjoying what they were watching.

The newest addition to Barca’s frontline has quickly entered the scene. Again Dembele was the creator, making the most of the space given to him on the right to send a cross to which Aubameyang beat his marker at the near post to stretch and find the net.

This glut of first-half goals allowed Barcelona to ease off in the second half ahead of a big week for the club. After their second leg against Galatasaray in midweek, Barcelona travel to the Bernabeu for a meeting with Clasico rivals and La Liga leaders Real Madrid next Sunday.

But they still provided enough offensive thrust to give the home crowd one of their loudest cheers of the night. La Masia graduate Puig used a few rare minutes off the bench to follow his own saved shot before rounding the goalkeeper, steadying himself and finding the net to cap off a perfect night for Xavi’s men.

Yet when asked about the importance of Sunday’s Clasico, Xavi insisted that reducing Real Madrid’s 12-point lead over Barcelona remains a long shot.

“I don’t think the league is possible this season, Real Madrid are too far ahead,” he said. “We have to keep winning and they have to lose three or four games, it’s not realistic.”

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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