Messi Scores Two Free-Kicks In A LaLiga Game For First Time
Messi Scores Two Free-Kicks In A LaLiga Game For First Time
Francesc Rubi EFE
09 December, 2018, 04:48
The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was inspirational for Barca, opening the scoring with an unstoppable free-kick, then setting up Ousmane Dembele for a superb curling finish.
Messi's second free-kick was also the ninth set-piece he has scored this year in LaLiga, four more than any team in Europe's top-five leagues have collectively managed. Messi curled a left-footed shot into the top corner, with the ball turning away from the outstretched arm of Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Messi tormented Espanyol's defence and created several openings for his team mates, with Suarez hitting the post from one delightful lobbed pass.
Dembele turned provider this time, slipping his fellow forward in in the left-hand channel, with Suarez doing brilliantly to hold off the challenge of a defender and somehow squeeze a finish through the legs of Lopez and into the far corner from the narrowest of angles.
Espanyol defender Oscar Duarte looked to have scored a late consolation when he stabbed the ball in from close range.
What does it mean?
Atletico Madrid produced a typically effective display to beat Alaves 3-0 in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Yet Barca's efforts to defend the title will take some stopping if they maintain this level of performance, having moved three points clear of the chasing pack.
Messi was in fine form against derby rivals Espanyol.
The Argentina star finished fifth in this week's Ballon d'Or voting behind Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and victor Luka Modric.
Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez were all on the scoresheet as Barcelona recorded a 4-0 win over Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday night. But it was Barca causing all the issues once more.
He was in a media briefing and was asked about his opinion on Messi being the greatest of all time, he said that Messi only has one skill.
- Espanyol have lost four consecutive La Liga games for the first time since May 2012.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored a pair of attractive free kick goals against Espanyol on Saturday.
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