Before Barcelona's star-studded team got to dazzle in the team's opening game of the new La Liga season, a black cat beat them to it by prancing on to the pitch and striding about before kick-off.
The bemused players looked on as stadium staff tried to corner the feline, but - to the delight of the crowd - it evaded them for long periods of time. Still, the spectators let out an appreciative cheer when a steward finally scooped the pesky furball up and escorted it off the field, UK Mirror reported.
And the Catalans (Cat, Catalans, get it?) certainly took a leaf out of the cat's book by running circles around the Elche defence through the 90 minutes. Lionel Messi was as elusive as the four-legged pre-game entertainment, scoring two goals to help his team to a 3-0 win despite being reduced to 10 men for half the match.
Looks like the black cat certainly heralded bad luck for the visiting team.
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