Barcelona thrashed Alaves 5-1 at Camp Nou on Saturday night to maintain their 100% league record in 2021, and return to second spot in La Liga.
Unsurprisingly, Ronald Koeman’s side dominated the ball completely from the get go but found it hard to break down an organised Alaves back line. However, La Blaugrana found the opener on 29 minutes when a fierce Oscar Mingueza cross was brought down by league debutant Ilaix Moriba, who then set up Trincao to score.
Barcelona continued to attack and made it two on the brink of half time when Lionel Messi produced a moment of magic. The Argentine got the ball about 35 yards out from goal, side stepped a challenge from Rodrigo Battaglia and fired into the bottom corner past a despairing Fernando Pacheco.
Barcelona contiued to dominate proceedings, but only after a scare from the visitors. Luis Rioja pulled one back for Alaves fiftenn minutes after the restart, as he latched on to a misplaced Moriba pass in midfield and broke forward before slotting past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
But Barça then flicked the switch and showed their quality. The third came through Trincao in the 74th minute, who scored his second of the night from a rebounded Messi shot. The Argentine then made it four one minute later, when he unleashed a beauty into the top corner from 25 yards out to secure his own brace.
The scoring was rounded off by Junior Firpo who had the simplest of tasks of tapping in an Antoine Griezamnn pull back after a phenomenal ball over the top by Messi.