Alaves 0-2 Barcelona: Carles Alena and Luis Suarez score as Barcelona go to the edge of retaining the title of the League despite Lionel Messi only as a substitute
- Carles Alena's goal and Luis Suarez's penalty ensured that Barcelona won an important 2-0 win at Alaves
- Barcelona is crowned champion when Atletico Madrid loses to Valencia on Thursday
- Lionel Messi was named among the substitutes and entered the fight in the 61st minute of the game
Barcelona is three points after being crowned champion after a 2-0 win over Alaves with Lionel Messi on the bench.
The three points could come on Saturday when they play Levante at home. But they could also come on Wednesday evening when the second-placed Atletico Madrid leaves home three points to Valencia. Anyway, Barcelona will have won the competition before they meet Liverpool next week.
This was a comfortable victory and it was largely achieved without Messi. He ran into the hour but by then Barcelona was already finished and sprinkled.
Barcelona goal scorers Luis Suarez and Carles Alena celebrate during their 2-0 win against Alaves
Suarez celebrates his goal, making it 2-0 and keeping Barcelona within reach of the title
Suarez scored from the penalty spot when Barcelona managed to win despite the fact that Lionel Messi did not start the game
Barcelona is crowned La Liga winner when Atletico Madrid is defeated by Valencia on Thursday
First Carles Aleña scored from the cross by Sergio Roberto, cleverly left behind by Luis Suarez at 54 minutes.
And six minutes later, Suarez scored his 21st league goal of the season from the penalty spot after VAR had some idea of a six-yard box melee in which Gerard Pique had forced the ball over the line but with Samuel Umtiti apparently in a possible offside position.
The referee looked at the pitch-side and saw a handball from Tomas Pina. Alaves' Fernando Pacheco goalkeeper received a penalty from Suarez, but was unable to keep the ball past the post.
Alaves had barely gone down 2-0 than Messi was undressed. Jordi Alba was not far behind him. This was not entirely on Barcelona, but with too much for their rivals.
Alaves had frustrated Barcelona in the first half with five defenders who were tense over the back. It was hard work for Suarez without Messi and when he became clear on Philippe Coutinho's pass, his shot was saved by Pacheco.
Alena managed to give Barcelona the lead in the 54th minute of their meeting against Alaves
Suarez demonstrated an impressive calmness when he found the net of the penalty spot
Alena celebrates with teammate Arturo Vidal after having dominated Barcelona against Alaves
The Barcelona players cheer after Alena & # 39; s goal put them in the preponderance against Alaves
The ball ran to Coutinho but instead of beating Suarez again he tried to shoot and his attempt was blocked.
Alaves stubbornly defended and attacked aggressively. With ten minutes to go before the break, Jonny Rodriguez and Pique bumped into the furious Alaves attacker who first crashed into the neck of the Barcelona midfielder, but after the treatment he could continue with the red mark around his throat for the rest of the game .
Alaves even had a chance against the chosen champions, but Rodrigo Ely headed the free kick.
Barcelona still missed Messi at the restart and when Ousmane Dembele was knocked down at the edge of the area – bumping into Suarez and luring him into it – it was the Uruguayan who took the free kick and shot into the wall.
COMPETITION FACTS & LA LIGA TABLE
Alaves: Pachecho; Vigaray, Laguardia, Ely (Twumasi 71), Navarro, Duarte; Rolan (Brasanac 46), Wakaso, Pina, Jony (Guidetti 81); Baston
Subs: Garcia, Martin, Sivera, Marin
booked: Jony, Navarro
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo (Alba 70), Pique, Umtiti, Roberto; Vidal, Busquets, Alena (Arthur 87); Dembele (Messi 61), Suarez, Coutinho
Subs: Cillessen, Vermaelen, Lenglet, Malcom
goals: Alena 54, Suarez 60
Messi was named as substitutes when Barcelona traveled to face Alaves
Messi fought Alaves in the 61st minute and helped his side to secure all three points
Messi celebrates with Alena after his fellow graduate La Masia managed to save Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Alena competes for the ball with Mubarak Wakaso of Alaves during the clash of La Liga
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele tries to score a goal against Ximo Navarro
Samuel Umtiti tries to win an air duel during the first half of the match at the Estadio de Mendizorroza
Alaves still had chances and Marc Andre ter Stegen had to stop Ruben Duarte's shot at his nearest post.
But when the impressive Aleña gave them the lead, the second goal was not far behind. Arturo Vidal could have won three from the cross of Suarez after he sent Messi to the right.
He rolled up an injury shot, high and wide far away. For once, his magic had not been necessary. Barcelona is 16 points away from Real Madrid and 12 free from Atletico Madrid has played one more game. The trophy is now within reach.
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho tries to get away from Alaves & Borja Baston
Suarez demonstrates an impressive calmness to keep the ball under control when Barcelona became the better of Alaves
Vidal tries to win the ball from Mubarak during the midfield battle in the La Liga competition
Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto rises against Alaves & Jony during the match at the Estadio de Mendizorroza
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde saw his side edge closer to retaining the La Liga title with a win