Messi brace helps Barcelona defeat Las Palmas at deserted Nou Camp

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match overshadowed by politics at a deserted Nou Camp.

The LaLiga clash was played behind closed doors after Barca’s request for it to be postponed amid local unrest during the Catalonia independence referendum was rejected.

Struggling Las Palmas, with Pako Ayestaran in charge for the first time, initially responded well to the unusual situation and hit the post in the first half but league leaders Barca eventually took control.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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