•Barcelona defeated Elche 3-0 in their opening La Liga game at the Nou Camp
•Play was delayed when a black cat ran on to the pitch before being removed by stewards
•New manager Luis Enrique took charge of the Catalans for the first time in a competitive game
•Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the first half after finding space between six Elche defenders
•Javier Mascherano was sent off just before the interval for bringing down the last man
•Teenager Munir doubled Barcelona’s lead with a deft finish early in the second-half
•Argentina international Lionel Messi bagged his brace with another superb individual effort
It was business as usual for Leo Messi as he scored a double on the first day of the season for the fourth consecutive campaign. Barcelona won their first game 3-0 against Elche despite Javier Mascherano’s red card just before the break.
Messi’s characteristic brace was achieved without the suspended Luis Suarez and the injured Neymar but he had more than enough help from Madrid born youngster Munir El Hadaddi. The young striker will not be 19 until September 1 but already has Barça fans predicting a big future – if he can stay in the side when Neymar and Suarez return.
Barcelona have now scored 26 goals in their last six opening matches and not since 2008 have they been beaten on the opening day. That front three of Munir, Rafinha and Messi was a clean sweep for the club’s La Masia youth academy as Barcelona kicked-off the season with the entire bench and six of the starters products of its youth system.
FC Barcelona – Elche
Bravo, Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Rakitic, Iniesta, Munir, Messi, Rafinha
Substitutes / Suplents / Suplentes:
Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Pedro, Sergi Roberto, Sandro, Xavi