24′ Alena finds Alba on the edge of the penalty area and the left-back sends a low pass towards goal looking for Suarez. The ball takes a touch off of Siovas and pops up – allowing the Uruguay international to hit a volley towards goal – though it fails to trouble Cuellar.

Rodri Tarín

Yellow Card


22′ The third yellow card of the match is shown to Tarin for tugging back Coutinho on the left. 

21′ En-Nesyri gets free on the left and cuts inside in front of Pique, but he horribly mishits his shot – sending it curling away from Ter Stegen’s goal.

19′ Despite the impressive resilience, it has to be said that this level of play seems unsustainable for Leganes who have had less than 20% possession in the 20 minutes since kick-off. Braithwaite has received no service whatsoever, having only touched the ball four times.

17′ Suarez hits a lovely switch for Dembele who takes a wonderful touch to control it before passing it into the penalty area for nobody in particular. A nervous clearance delivers it to Coutinho just outside the box – but his cross for the centre-forward is overhit.

16′ Leganes have done well in the opening 15 minutes to prevent Barcelona from dominating the match. Little niggling fouls – of which the visitors have committed seven – have really broken up the play and frustrated the Blaugrana who have seen most of their attacking success come down the right with Dembele.

14′ A one-two pass on the Barcelona right between Dembele and Roberto gets the full-back free, but his eventual cross is rushed and put into an area where Omeruo can clear it promptly.

Sergio Busquets

Yellow Card


12′ Barcelona’s first yellow of the match goes the way of Busquets – who earns a caution for a flailing arm which caught the chin of En-Nesyri.  

11′ Dembele wins back possession in the middle of the park and dribbles past four defenders before slipping a pass to the right for Roberto who losses possession in disappointing fashion.

10′ FANTASTIC PLAY FROM DEMBELE! Suarez plays it out to the right for the France international to latch onto, and with one touch of the ball he breezes past both Silva and Siovas before getting into the penalty area. Looking to play unselfishly, he centres a pass to the penalty spot but Suarez and Alba are caught flat-footed and Coutinho’s eventual shot is blocked out for a corner. 

M. Braithwaite

Yellow Card


8′ The first yellow card of the match comes eight minutes into the contest as Braithwaite is booked for catching Pique with the point of his boot while attempting to control a high ball from defence.

7′ A pass backwards to Ter Stegen is met with some fancy footwork, but his distribution to the left is poor as the pass sails over the head of Alba and out for a Leganes throw-in. That’s sloppy play early on from the home side.

5′ Coutinho looks to switch play to the right for Roberto after a good spell of possession but the pass is hit slightly too hard and the Spain international is unable to keep it in play with an outstretched leg, allowing Leganes to clear it with a goal-kick. 

3′ Nyom slides in to try and win possession from Vermaelen, but his challenge puts the ball out for a throw. It’s a crunching early tackle from the Leganes wing-back who is no stranger to yellow cards.

1′ Leganes get the match underway from the kick-off!

Leganes also make three changes from their 1-0 win over Huesca last time out in the league. Unai Bustinza’s red card means Tarin takes his place in defence, while injuries to Ruben Perez and Guido Carrillo mean that Recio and Braithwaite come into the side in midfield and attack respectively. 

Ernesto Valverde makes three changes from Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Eibar last weekend in LaLiga. Vermaelen replaces Clement Lenglet in defence, Alena gets a start in midfield over Rakitic and Messi earns a rest – with Dembele taking his spot in the front three.

LEGANES SUBS: Gerard Gumbau, Vasyl Kravets, Nabil El Zhar, Andriy Lunin, Juanfran, Michael Santos, Javier Eraso.

LEGANES XI (5-2-3): Ivan Cuellar; Allan Nyom, Rodrigo Tarin, Kenneth Omeruo, Dimitrios Siovas, Jonathan Silva; Mikel Vesga, Recio; Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Rodriguez, Youssef En-Nesyri.

BARCELONA SUBS: Lionel Messi, Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Jasper Cillessen, Arturo Vidal, Jeison Murillo.

BARCELONA XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Thomas Vermaelen, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Carles Alena; Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele.

With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, the team news has been confirmed! Let’s start with the home side!

A 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday was not enough to see Leganes through into the next round of the cup as they failed to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg. With only one loss in their last nine games in the league, however, it seems the Madrid-based club have hit a patch of form despite the recent disappointment.

Leganes find themselves 14th in the table – highest of a group of four teams all currently on 22 points. Despite their bottom-half position, Mauricio Pellegrino’s team have put together a great first 19 matches defensively, conceding 21 times – a record bettered by only six clubs. 

The Copa del Rey win was Barca’s second-consecutive 3-0 victory, as last Sunday’s fixture against Eibar ended with the same scoreline – partially thanks to Lionel Messi’s 400th LaLiga goal. The captain leads the league in scoring with 17 – eight of those coming in his last five appearances.

A 3-0 midweek victory over Levante secured Barcelona’s place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after losing the first leg 2-1; the Blaugrana’s only defeat since a 4-3 loss to Real Betis in November. That run of positive results has distanced the club from the rest of LaLiga’s chasing pack, with second-place Atletico Madrid two points behind having played a game more.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the LaLiga fixture between Barcelona and Leganes!