Lionel Messi scored twice – his first Barcelona’s 6,000th La Liga goal – to help the reigning champions get off to a winning start with a 3-0 win over Alaves.
Barca came closest to opening the scoring in a quiet first 30 minutes, with Luis Suarez, making his 200th appearance for the club, firing just over the crossbar.
Messi, who also scored the club’s 5,000th league goal in 2009, fired a free-kick against the bar after 38 minutes but the game remained goalless at the break.
Philippe Coutinho came on for Nelson Semedo at the start of the second half but it was Messi who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, firing a low free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner.
Brazilian Coutinho added a second seven minutes from time, collecting the ball on the edge of the area and showing some quick feet before curling home.
Messi slotted in a third in the first minute of stoppage time to seal a routine win.