Barcelona start with victory on emotional night

More than 100 people have been injured in the attack. Source Getty

Prior to the match between Barcelona and Real Betis, a minute of silence was also observed to mark respect and all the Barca players sported a black armband.

On the other side, the defending champions, Real Madrid also emerged victorious against Deportivo La Coruna with a score that stood at 3-0. They have also signed Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Paulinho, but the transfer has been last minute meaning it may take a little time for the Brazilian player to settle into the scheme of things.

"To pay tribute to the victims of Thursday's terrorist attacks on Barcelona's Las Ramblas and Cambrils, FC Barcelona will wear specialized jerseys with "Barcelona" on the back and "#TotsSomBarcelona" (which translates to "All of us are Barcelona") on the front, the Catalan club announced Friday.

Deportivo were left to rue two big opportunities missed by Florin Andone in the first 10 minutes, whilst the Romanian worldwide also saw a late penalty saved by Keylor Navas. The club got permission for the change in design from Spain's soccer federation.

The decision for the match to go ahead with increased security measures put in place was part of a desire to "recover normality" in the words of Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont.

Despite the win there was a subdued feeling at the Nou Camp before and during the game with only 56,480 supporters going to the 99,000-capacity arena.

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Fortunately for coach Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona do not have any players suspended for the game against Betis this weekend.

It was a comfortable evening for Barca and the result would have done little to lighten the mood around the club, following the departure of Neymar to PSG, the 5-1 defeat suffered to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup and most importantly, the city's sadness following the terror attacks earlier this week. I said yesterday our idea was to move forward, to give a feeling of normality.

Paco Alcacer will come in for the injured Luis Suarez in attack as Gerard Deulofeu continues in the role of the recently departed Neymar.

However, the hosts were eventually rewarded for their persistence as they were gifted the opening goal moments later, Tosca scoring at the wrong end after deflecting Gerard Deulofeu's cross into the back of his own net.

Deulofeu was the provider once more when Barca doubled their advantage three minutes later as Sergi Roberto slotted home from close range.

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