Lionel Messi began only his second La Liga game of the season for Barcelona on Sunday – and scored a generally excellent free of charge-kick to set but a different record.
Messi has suffered a frustrating get started to the season, sitting out Barça’s initially 4 league games with a foot injury and then lasting only 45 minutes of his initially get started against Villarreal just before getting hooked with an adductor strain.
On the other hand, he returned to set up Luis Suarez’s clincher in the two-1 win more than Inter in the Champions League in midweek just before having a different 90 minutes beneath his belt against Sevilla.
Suarez scored a different gorgeous objective to place the champions ahead at the Nou Camp, and after Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele had place them in total manage, Messi got off the mark for the season 12 minutes from time when he effortlessly clipped a free of charge-kick more than the wall and past Tomas Vaclik into the prime corner.
In performing so, the Argentine became the initially player this century to score in 16 consecutive La Liga seasons. It was also his 100th objective from outdoors of the location for the Catalans in all competitions. And, regrettably for Sevilla, his 37th objective against them alone.
And if the free of charge-kick alone wasn’t sufficient to strike worry into Barça’s upcoming opponents, his dribble earlier in the game when he drifted previous 5 defenders really should do the trick.
Extremely, Messi completed 10 dribbles in the game, according to WhoScored, a La Liga record this season.
It is been a hard couple of months obtaining to reside with no this sort of issue, but we’re pleased to report the man absolutely is back.
Messi’s free of charge-kick, incidentally, was the 43rd he has scored for Barcelona and adds to the eight (EIGHT!) he scored final season alone. He has scored 15 in La Liga alone considering that the get started of 2016-17, at least nine a lot more than any other player.
As Marc-Andre ter Stegen had stated following the Inter game: “With him, points are normally less complicated.”
The four- win more than Sevilla was Barça’s most significant of the season so far and moved them above Atletico Madrid into second and to inside two points of True Madrid in spite of a stuttering get started which saw them beaten by Athletic Bilbao and Granada.
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