Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went head over heels for the primary time in a Barcelona shirt as Barcelona beat Valencia 4-1 at Mestalla.
The previous Arsenal ahead scored twice and together with his customary acrobatic flip after the primary. He additionally managed to duck in time to permit Pedri’s second half rocket to hit the again of the online and a powerful all spherical Barcelona efficiency.
On 23 minutes the previous Arsenal striker sprinted away from Valencia’s excessive line of defense, performed onside by right-back Dmitiri Foulquier, and, after taking one contact to get the ball out from his toes, fired it previous Giorgi Mamardashvili.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a thumping strike after 23 minutes for his first LaLiga purpose
Frankie de Jong doubled Barcelona’s lead with a tap-in from Ousmane Dembele’s cross
Aubameyang grabbed his second of the sport with a easy tap-in after 38 minutes to provide his aspect a snug 3-0 lead
He bought the shot away a fraction of a second earlier than Valencia centre-back Omar Alderete arrived together with his problem, and the ball simply flew contained in the keeper’s close to publish.
He was mobbed by team-mates together with his previous Borussia Dortmund pal Ousmane Dembele who was making his first begin for Xavi since his stand-off with the membership in the course of the switch window.
Xavi at all times maintained in personal that he needed to go on selecting him and again within the aspect Dembele repaid that religion with the help for the very good second.
Jordi Alba, who had performed the go that despatched Aubameyang by way of, dropped the ball brilliantly into area for Dembele and he selflessly fizzed it again throughout the face of the purpose the place Frenkie de Jong got here hurtling in to complete from six-yards out.
Valencia had been sinking, 2-0 down after 32 minutes and by 38 minutes it was three. Dembele was concerned once more, this time taking part in in Gavi who crossed for Aubameyang to get his second purpose of the sport. The restart was delayed whereas his place was checked. He was degree and Barcelona had been flying.
Valencia virtually pulled a purpose again earlier than the break when Soler volleyed in from inside the realm after Alba’s outstretched hand had diverted Hugo Guillamon’s header to him. The ball had gone out within the build-up and after checking the picture pitcside the referee Carlos del Cerro Grande gave a throw-in.
Carlos Soler (left) pulled one again for the hosts with a diving header from Bryan Gil’s (proper) pinpoint cross
Pedri (proper) celebrates with Dembele after scoring an outstanding purpose from long-range to place the end result out of Valencia’s attain
Soler was to not be denied at the beginning of the second half. Bryan Gil crossed from left and the midfielder linked together with his cross with a bullet header previous Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Soler then drilled one other shot simply broad. He was on a one-man mission to get the house crew again within the recreation.
However Pedri had come on for Frenkie de Jong and when his shot from the sting of the realm whistled over Aubameyang’s head and previous Mamardashvili Valencia’s probabilities of getting again within the recreation went from slim to slimmer.
It didn’t cease them piling ahead and Ter Stegen needed to save on his line from Uros Racic.
Aubameyang squandered the prospect to finish his hat-trick and Hugo Duro pressured a positive save from Ter Stegen on the different finish.
Valencia had been nonetheless threatening however Xavi is just not for closing video games down and threw on Adama Traore and Luuk de Jong.
In 5 minutes of added time Valencia went down preventing with the spectacular Gil nonetheless working on the guests’ defence. That they had not been three objectives worse. However breathtaking Barça’s attacking play had been extra ruthless with their probabilities. Now they need to do the identical on Thursday in Naples to progress within the Europa League.