Full Time: Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas

Annette Crawford
October 1, 2017

The half-time introduction of Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta by Ernesto Valverde proved inspired as their midfield colleague Busquets - one of the Catalan contingent - crowned Barcelona's most convincing passage of play by breaking the deadlock in the 49th minute.

Messi finally got his goal in the 71st minute when he collected a clever pass from Denis Suarez before rounding Chichizola and finding the back of the net with a simple finish.

However, Las Palmas have released their team ahead of the clash that is due to kick-off at 15:15 at the Camp Nou.

If the result wasn't settled already, Messi made sure to do so with his second strike of the match with 13 minutes remaining-again set up by a Suarez, although this time it was striker Luis who created the chance.

The league's leading scorer picked up the ball from deep before offloading his pass to Rakitic, whose first-time pass found Suarez who then returned the favour to Messi, leaving the Argentina global to simply slide the ball into the visitor's net and finalise an impressive three points on a surreal afternoon.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims the decision to play Sunday's LaLiga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors was an act of protest amid attempts by the Spanish government to halt the Catalan independence referendum.

"In the light of the news published during the last hours about the possible postponement of the... match between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas, LaLiga confirms that it has maintained permanent contact with the security officials of FC Barcelona and with the Mossos for several days", the statement said.

In a strongly-worded statement Barca condemned the actions of the police "to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression".

"From today until Sunday we will express ourselves peacefully".

"We are anxious and very sorry".

"We talked with the directors, the team and management team and we chose to play the game".

Barcelona's players celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017.

"This is not done for safety reasons. The Mossos [Mossos d'Esquadra, the police force of Catalonia] have guaranteed security".

"La Liga's refusal to cancel the game and play it another day. would mean the loss of six points for the team", added Bartomeu.

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