Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi scores amid the Spanish class football coordinate RCD Espanyol against FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on December 8, 2018.
Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a rankling show as Barcelona kept up their lead at the highest point of La Liga with a pounding 4-0 derby prevail upon Catalan adversaries Espanyol.
The Argentine whiz twisted home two shocking set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his partners cavorted to triumph at the RCDE Stadium and ensured Barca continued pursuing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla under control.
Atleti and Sevilla had moved dimension on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side crushed Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.
Anyway Messi ensured that Ernesto Valverde’s group kept their place at the highest point of the heap with an entrancing presentation nearby front-three accomplices Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and covered considerably time.
“He is remarkable,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the odds on goal that he makes, what he brings us and what he take from the rival…
“It is still early, La Liga is tight, however the thought is to be strong far from home, realizing that triumphant is exceptionally troublesome against each group.”
Messi started the defeat in the seventeenth moment with an impeccably put free-kick that curved past a urgent Diego Lopez, and pursued that up by holding ownership under exceptional weight before giving the go to Dembele from which the French assailant nestled into fine second.
It was then Dembele’s swing to end up supplier a moment before the break, slipping in an excessively through ball that Suarez some way or another went up against and crushed home from close to the byline.
Messi topped a predominant group and individual showcase with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could scarcely move towards it.
Nikola Kalinic opened his alliance represent Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves prior on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri fixed every one of the three at the Wanda Metropolitano with objectives in the last 10 minutes.
The main negative note for Simeone was World Cup victor Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with knee damage in the primary half.
Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia implied Sevilla botched the chance to remain only a point behind Barca.
Pablo Sarabia had put the guests into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had opportunities to seal the focuses at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post.