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Hercules 1-1 Barcelona: Carles Alena to the rescue as Barca held without Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez

Barcelona rested Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and almost paid with an embarrassing defeat against the third-tier minnows.

Daniel Mainz gave Hercules a shock second-half lead but starlet Carlos Alena spared Barca’s blushes with a fierce 25-yard strike.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez were given the night off ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

Daniel Mainz gave Hercules a shock second-half lead against mighty Barcelona

Luis Enrique’s side struggled in the first-half as Paco Alcacer had their only meninglful effort on goal with a free kick that was well saved by Hercules goalkeeper Ivan Buiges.

Hercules grew in confidence as the game went on and flashed a warning with a header that went just past the post. 

Daniel Arraiz gave the Segunda B side a shock lead in the 52nd minute when he bundled the ball home at the back post.

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