Lionel Messi and Frenkie De Jong were left at home, while injuries to Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo meant that Clement Lenglet was the only senior centre-back in the squad.
Also, Sergio Busquets was injured on Spain duty this past international break, so Ronald Koeman was light on options in the middle of the park as well.
After a tough first half where they dominated possession but failed to find a breakthrough, their hard work was rewarded after the restart, six minutes after to be precise, through a Sergino Dest goal.
The right back scored his first goal for the club and played a role in the build-up, too. He started from deep before seeing the ball fall to Martin Braithwaite, who fed him in turn down the right side. Dest made no mistake with his finish, a remarkably cool effort, to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, Barcelona doubled their advantage. Braithwaite, having just assisted Dest, got his name on the score sheet. Debutant Oscar Mingueza flicked on a header from a corner for the Dane to finish at the back post.
Braithwaite got his second and Barcelona’s third a quarter of an hour later, slotting low and hard to the left with his penalty kick after being the one fouled to earn it. Then, in injury time, French forward Antoine Griezmann put the icing on the cake for the Catalans to make it 4-0.
— noobfcb (@noob_fcb) November 24, 2020
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