BARCELONA — It had not been Lionel Messi who received the loudest ovation at Camp Nou on Monday. Also it certainly wasn't Neymar, who's lengthy gone getting left for Paris Saint-Germain a week ago.
Rather, it had been Neymar's Brazilian compatriots, Chapecoense, who Barcelona asked to get familiar with this season's Joan Gamper Trophy match after last year's devastating plane crash which wiped out 71 people, who have been because of the greatest reception. These were also given €250,000 by Barca as method of a donation.
It had not been only a noisy reception, either, but a psychological one. The ultimate three players to become welcomed to the Camp Nou pitch throughout the pregame presentation were three from the survivors in the accident: Alan Ruschel, Neto and Jackson Follmann.
Alan captained Chapecoense here, playing his first game since November's tragedy. Neto, meanwhile, still wishes to play again, too, but Follmann's professional career ended when his leg was amputated. The 2 required an honorary start moments prior to the game formally got going ahead towards the backdrop of the eco-friendly and white-colored heart — Chape's colours.
Barcelona beat Chapecoense in Monday's Joan Gamper Trophy match. Getty Images
The main focus then switched to Barca, who couldn't be charged with going easy on their own opponents, a number of whom had only showed up from South america on Monday. Goals from Messi, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez sealed a 5- win before an audience of 64,705.
Within four minutes, Ernesto Valverde's side might have been 2Up within 12 minutes these were. Messi had already attracted a save from Elias and Ivan Rakitic had headed over whenever a quick team move and a few unselfish play in the latter produced a tap set for Deulofeu, who required the departed Neymar's put on the left wing.
Deulofeu then switched provider, leading a counter-attack with Messi before teeing in the unlikely Busquets to allow fly from 20 yards, Elias helpless because the ball hit the very best corner.
Wellington Paulista had the visitor's best chance, dragging wide in the fringe of this area, however this was one-way traffic. Elias saved from Messi and Suarez but he could not keep your former out when Deulofeu, lounging on his second assist from the evening, squared for him to obtain the roof from the internet from six yards.
Suarez then created a minimal, driven finish to really make it four within the other half after exchanging passes with Messi prior to the game slowed lower among the development of a lot of players in the bench.