Barcelona 3-0 Elche: Lionel Messi and Munir run riot to win opening league at the Nou Camp | 24 August 2014

Lionel Flair: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi opens the scoring in the first-half

Lionel Flair: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi opens the scoring in the first-half

The perfect 10:The Argentinian superstar accepts adulation from Barcelona supporters at the Nou Camp

The perfect 10:The Argentinian superstar accepts adulation from Barcelona supporters at the Nou Camp

Same again? Lionel Messi scores his second goal after the interval

Same again? Lionel Messi scores his second goal after the interval

Lucky for some? Lost looking black cat delayed play at the start of the game

Lucky for some? Lost looking black cat delayed play at the start of the game

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Barcelona defender Marc Nartra leaps over Elche goalkeeper Przemyslaw

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Barcelona defender Marc Nartra leaps over Elche goalkeeper Przemyslaw

Remember the name! Youngster Munir was given standing ovation after being substituted

Remember the name! Youngster Munir was given standing ovation after being substituted

•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 
Line-up:

Bravo, Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Rakitic, Iniesta, Munir, Messi, Rafinha 

Substitutes / Suplents / Suplentes: 
Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Pedro, Sergi Roberto, Sandro, Xavi 

Menzi Kulati.

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