Saturday, 16 February 2013

Messi notches 300th Barcelona goal before adding superb free-kick winner La Liga, Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes – Granada 1 (Ighalo 26) Barcelona 2 (Messi 50, 73) Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for Barcelona as the Blaugrana came from behind to beat Granada 2-1 in La Liga at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes. Odion Ighalo gave the hosts the lead against the run of play but Barca stayed patient and had their reward in the second half. In the 50th minute Toño was unable to hold a fizzing Cesc Fabregas shot and Messi pounced for his landmark goal before the mini maestro grabbed his first on the road to 400 – and the winning goal – with a superb bending free-kick on 73 minutes. The win puts Barca 15 points clear of Atletico and 19 ahead of Real – both of whom play tomorrow. Messi orchestrated a passing masterclass which produced no result in the opening 45 minutes for Barca. The first of many balls slipped through to Alexis Sanchez, Adriano, Dani Alves and Thiago found Alexis on four minutes, but the out-of-form Chilean’s heavy first touch saw the ball run through to Toño. Granada had the first shot on target three minutes later when Nolito, on loan from Benfica – and who made two appearances for Barca after featuring for the B team – pulled away to volley for goal from 12 yards, forcing a save out of Victor Valdes.

La Liga, Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes – Granada 1 (Ighalo 26) Barcelona 2 (Messi 50, 73)
Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for Barcelona as the Blaugrana came from behind to beat Granada 2-1 in La Liga at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.
Odion Ighalo gave the hosts the lead against the run of play but Barca stayed patient and had their reward in the second half.
In the 50th minute Toño was unable to hold a fizzing Cesc Fabregas shot and Messi pounced for his landmark goal before the mini maestro grabbed his first on the road to 400 – and the winning goal – with a superb bending free-kick on 73 minutes.
The win puts Barca 15 points clear of Atletico and 19 ahead of Real – both of whom play tomorrow.
Messi orchestrated a passing masterclass which produced no result in the opening 45 minutes for Barca. The first of many balls slipped through to Alexis Sanchez, Adriano, Dani Alves and Thiago found Alexis on four minutes, but the out-of-form Chilean’s heavy first touch saw the ball run through to Toño.
Granada had the first shot on target three minutes later when Nolito, on loan from Benfica – and who made two appearances for Barca after featuring for the B team – pulled away to volley for goal from 12 yards, forcing a save out of Victor Valdes.

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