Nordin Amrabat forgot how to take kick-off at start of Leganes v Barcelona

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Barcelona kept up their excellent start to the season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Leganes at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque this afternoon.

Luis Suarez, who has endured a dreadful campaign by his exceptionally high standards, scored two goals either side of half-time to give his confidence a much-needed boost.

Summer signing Paulinho then added gloss to the scoreline by netting a late third for the visitors.

However, there was a truly bizarre incident at the very start of the game involving Leganes forward Nordin Amrabat.

The Morocco international, who is currently on loan from Watford, took kick-off for the hosts but ended up losing his mind. Allow us to explain…

Amrabat's kick-off v Barcelona was ridiculous

Referee Alberto Undiano blew for the start of the match and Amrabat, rather than passing the ball back to a teammate, inexplicably decided to run forward with the ball.

Undiano instantly spotted the infringement - as did the likes of Suarez and Lionel Messi - and blew his whistle for a Barcelona free-kick.


Amrabat, realising his error, then passed the ball back to his bewildered teammates, but it was too late.


Video: Amrabat's bizarre kick-off v Barcelona

You can watch the bizarre moment here…

We’ve never seen a player do that from kick-off before.

We can only assume that seeing Suarez and Messi yards away from him got to his head.

Barcelona extend their lead at the top

Following today’s result, Barça extend their lead over second-placed Valencia to seven points.

Leganes v Barcelona - La Liga

Los Che, however, can reduce the deficit back to four points when they travel to Espanyol on Sunday afternoon.

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