Lionel Messi Hits Two Perfect Free-Kick Goals vs. Espanyol

09 Décembre, 2018, 00:29 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Luis Suarez and Borja Iglesias

Lionel Messi celebrates against Espanyol (Joan Monfort/AP).

Lopez did well to deny Messi with his legs after a rapid counter, but there was nothing the stopper could do with 65 minutes gone as the diminutive genius curled him his second sumptuous free-kick of the night, this time finding the opposite corner with a set-piece that appeared to favour a right-footer.

Espanyol defender Oscar Duarte fouled the Barcelona playmaker 25 yards out in a central position.

Dembele justified coach Ernesto Valverde's decision with a lovely curling shot into the far corner of the Espanyol net and the game was virtually over as a contest when Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a narrow angle.

Leo Baptistao was introduced in the 60th minute as Espanyol looked for a route back into the match, but Barcelona continued to resist the pressure, with Ter Stegen not having too much to do.

Victor Sanchez headed over the Barcelona crossbar 10 minutes from time as Espanyol continued to search for a goal, and it nearly arrived when Baptistao struck towards the far corner, but the ball just deflected wide.

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Suarez struck a post before Ivan Rakitic saw his point-blank header saved, with Messi's header from the rebound coming back off the other upright.

Goals from Brais Menzez, Okay Vokusli and Maxi Gomez had put Celta 3-0 ahead, but goals from Carlos Bacca in the 83rd and 87th minutes for Villarreal left Celta clinging on for all three points.

Espanyol went looking for a lifeline at the start of the second half, but Barcelona remained unsafe on the break.

The Argentina forward dispatched another brilliant left-footed effort over the wall and into the top corner.

Messi was prevented a hat-trick by a smart Diego Lopez save in the 69th minute, and Espanyol thought that they had registered in the 73rd minute when Duarte converted a Sergio Garcia free kick.

Barcelona were caught out at the back in the 74th minute when Duarte stabbed the ball in at close range from a free-kick.

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