Barcelona's Lionel Messi gets assist, leaves game with injury

Tanya Simon
September 26, 2019

"We would like to win all the games, but the players are people and emotionally and personally we have our life and it is hard to yield 100 per cent and we are not machines".

Messi received treatment in the first half for what looked like a problem with his left thigh and was then unable to continue after the interval, replaced by Ousmane Dembele. "We have to always aspire to have the best".

On his own adaptation at Barcelona, he added: "It's different". I knew it was going to be a challenge and it would take time.

He took the opportunity to analyze other topics: "I would have liked Neymar to return, but as Del Bosque says, as long as his behavior is good".

Villarreal's Santi Cazorla scored in the 44th minute.

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The 34-year-old, who signed as a free agent for Villarreal last summer, failed to play during a major part of last two seasons at the Emirates due to regular injuries. Villarreal's encouraging start stalls a little as they drop to eighth.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Granada went top of La Liga - level on points with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid - after drawing 1-1 at Real Valladolid. In his brief time on the pitch, he provided the assist to Antoine Griezmann for Barcelona's first goal and was linking up well with the Frenchman. The pair shared a celebratory hug too.

Atletico were then halted by VAR when they appeared to have won a penalty after Joao Felix's bicycle kick struck Joan Sastre's arm inside the area, with the Portugal global himself deemed to have handled in the build-up.

Seven minutes later, there was a second and another goal nearly from nothing. What's more spectacular is to beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who is one of the best shot-stoppers in current football, from that distance.

The Spanish champions then flew to the United States to play Napoli twice, in Miami and MI.

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