Two own goals gift Barcelona comfortable win over Girona

Girona v Barcelona

Result: Barcelona beat Girona in historic match

Barcelona ran out 3-0 victors in the first ever Catalan Derby in La Liga against Girona, ensuring they left the Estadi Montilivi with all three points to remain top of the league and keep their lead over Real Madrid to 7 points.

Catalonia's pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont was in attendance, whilst the pro-independence Estelada flag was waved by sections of both supports.

Barcelona increased its lead of the league to four points after Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 to leapfrog the Andalucian club into second place.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal did more to help provoke a second goal three minutes after halftime, when Suarez deftly let Vidal's risky short pass go through his legs, where it hit surprised goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and went into the net. "We tried, but we were playing against some of the best players in the world".

But Lionel Messi drew a rare blank, leaving own goals accounting for Barcelona's second-highest goals haul this season behind their free-scoring Argentina talisman.

If there was good fortune about Barcelona's first two goals, there could be no debating their third.

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"There was pressure on us given the results in the other games and the atmosphere here today", Valverde said.

In a half of precious few clear-cut chances Iraizoz batted away a whipped Messi free-kick, but the home goalkeeper could do nothing to avoid registering an own goal to his name.

Alaves nearly leveled late when substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hit the woodwork.

But it took less than a minute of the second period to break the deadlock when Carrasco showed great awareness and pace to latch onto a short back pass from Steven N'Zonzi to beat Sergio Rico to the ball, round the keeper and slot into an empty net.

Ceballos received a pass from Marco Asensio, fought through a tackle, and shot just inside the post for the 10th-minute opener.

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