By James Agberebi:
It was a debut to forget for Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile as his new club Sporting Gijon were thrashed 6-1 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Spanish LaLiga Santander on Wednesday night.
Goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Francisco Alcacer, Ivan Rakitic and an own goal by Sporting Gijon’s Juan Rodriguez secured the emphatic win for Barcelona.
Sporting Gijon’s goal was scored by Carlos Castro.
Prior to making his debut for Sporting Gijon on Wednesday, Echiejile was an unused substitute against Leganes and Atletico Madrid.
Echiejile played 90 minutes for Sporting Gijon in the heavy defeat.
The defeat to Barcelona leaves Sporting Gijon in the 18th position in the league table.
The win takes Barcelona temporarily back to the top of the log pending the result between Real Madrid and Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu also on Wednesday night.