- Barcelona travelled west to Huesca to face the side at the bottom of LaLiga
- Frenkie de Jong’s goal was enough to secure victory after a Leo Messi assist
- Barca overwhelmed the underdogs with chances but struggled to finish again
Barcelona edged La Liga’s basement club Huesca 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of a Frenkie de Jong goal assisted by Lionel Messi in the Argentine’s 500th league appearance for the club.
Dutch midfielder De Jong arrived at the far post to meet a Messi cross and score on the volley in the 27th minute to deservedly give the visitors the lead after a rampant start.
But Ronald Koeman’s side failed to take their many other chances and in the end were made to sweat for all three points.
Huesca could have levelled in the second half when the ball trickled across Barca’s area and striker Rafa Mir directed a backheel at goal but the shot lacked power and keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made the save despite seeing the ball late.