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Messi Leads Barca To Victory In Empty Camp Nou

Barcelona continued their perfect start in La Lia in surreal circumstances on Sunday as they beat Las Palmas 3-0 in an empty Camp Nou.

Why the Spanish FA allowed the game to go on, following violent clashes between police and voters on the day of the referendum on Catalan independence is beyond me.

As images came through on Sunday of police in full riot gear hitting women and senior citizens with batons it was clear the game could not be played out just like any other.

Barcelona was faced with three options: call it off and lose six points, play it with spectators but risk a pitch invasion from supporters who wanted it called off, or play it behind closed doors.

They took the almost unprecedented measure, no game has been played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou since 1925, and played the game.

Barca looked pretty distracted on the pitch in the first half as they struggled to come alive and could have fallen behind when Jonathan Calleri thumped the post right before the break.

Instead, they earned a seventh straight league win and ninth consecutive victory overall thanks to a first league goal in three years by Sergio Busquets and a double by Lionel Messi, who took his goal tally to double figures after only seven league games.

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