Messi makes more LaLiga history with goals record

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2018

Lionel Messi scored two free-kicks in a LaLiga game for the first time in his career as the Barcelona superstar set another personal landmark.

Pele probably wasn't even referring to Messi's free-kick ability as his solitary skill and moments later, the Argentine displayed another string of his wondrous bow with a peach of an assist for Ousmane Dembele.

Lionel Messi scored two brilliant free-kicks as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of LaLiga after coasting to a 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol.

The win cements Barcelona's place at the La Liga summit, while Espanyol drop to ninth after slipping to a fourth consecutive league defeat.

Following Sevilla's 1-1 draw at Valencia, where the hosts hit a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, Barcelona made no mistake at the RCDE Stadium, where they were 3-0 up at half-time. This time, Lopez didn't even get close to making a save.

Messi repeated his magic with another free kick in the 64th minute to put the icing on the cake for a very satisfying night for Barca, while Espanyol have now lost their last four matches.

The skipper quickly turned provider by teeing up strike partner Luis Suarez inside the box, but Lopez quickly came off his line to block the effort.

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Barcelona have made one change for their clash with Espanyol on Saturday evening.

Dembele was again involved for the Spanish champions, with the Frenchman's through pass releasing Luis Suarez, who squeezed a low attempt through the legs of Diego Lopez.

'Messi is just extraordinary.

Espanyol started the second period on the front foot, but aside from a Sergi Darder attempt which missed the crossbar, the home supporters did not have too much to shout about.

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.

Espanyol looked for a way back in to the match as Duarte's downward header at the far post was blocked by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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