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  • Updated: March 14, 2022

La Liga: Torres, Dembele Inspire Barca To Breeze Past Osasuna At Camp Nou To Move Into 3rd

Spanish forward Ferran Torres and French winger Ousmane Dembele inspired red-hot Barcelona to run riot against Osasuna in a 4-0 romping at Camp Nou on Sunday to earn their fourth consecutive LaLiga win.

The victory moved Barca into the top three with 51 points, level with fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and five points behind second-placed Sevilla, but with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

Torres opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game with a penalty after Gavi was tripped from behind inside the area.

Seven minutes later, he doubled his tally, receiving a brilliant pass by Dembele in behind the defence before beating the keeper with a delicate finish.

Dembele was unstoppable on the right flank and five minutes later the French winger teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to net Barca's third from close range.

Substitute Riqui Puig completed the victory when he found the net after collecting a rebound in the 75th minute.

"I’m really happy that we won and are rising," Torres told reporters.

"Our objective is to keep climbing in the standings and keep improving game by game."

Coach Xavi Hernandez seemed happy with the result but believes fighting for the league title is a long shot with his side trailing leaders Real Madrid by 12 points.

"I don't think the league is possible this season, Real Madrid is too far ahead," Xavi said when asked about the importance of next Sunday's El Clasico against their bitter rivals at Madrid.

"We need to keep winning and they have to lose three or four games, it's not realistic."

Having dropped as low as ninth in November, when coach Ronald Koeman was fired, Barca are closing in on second-placed Sevilla, who dropped more points in a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano earlier on Sunday.

The fight to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification is intensifying, with only four points separating Barcelona from Real Sociedad in sixth.

Sevilla were the only team in the top seven who played and did not win this weekend and they are now looking over their shoulders after the sixth draw in their last eight league matches.

Real Madrid, who comfortably lead with 63 points from 27 games, will play at lowly Mallorca on Monday.

Wins for Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Villarreal moved them closer to Sevilla. Fifth-placed Betis have 49 points, Real Sociedad, 47, and Villarreal, in seventh, have 45.

Barcelona will now turn attention to the trip to Galatasaray for the second leg Europa League match against the Turkish side.

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La Liga Santander 2021/2022 TABLE

La Liga Santander
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 38 86
2 Barcelona 38 73
3 Atletico Madrid 38 71
4 Sevilla 38 70
5 Real Betis 38 65
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane
Dembele
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    178cm

  • WEIGHT

    67kg

  • AGE

    25

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
GA Gabon
  • HEIGHT

    1.87m

  • WEIGHT

    80kg

  • AGE

    33

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Barcelona
Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça is a Spanish professional football club base...

Real Madrid
Real Madrid

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (meaning Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly referred to as Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football...

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