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Messi scores Barcelona's 6000th league goal in win

20 August, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Tommie Newton
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"Sometimes in games like this you have to just wait for Leo to go and do his thing", Barca's Sergi Roberto said.

Messi then grabbed his second of the clash late on, and Busquets has conceded that Barcelona "found it rather hard against Alaves" before the Argentine turned on the style.

Messi had clanged the crossbar in the first half from a set piece and Ousmane Dembélé forced the visiting goalkeeper, Pacheco, to make an impressive save while Luis Suárez looked ineffective.

It was nine years since it was he who broke the 5,000 goal barrier for Barcelona in the Primera and yesterday he got the 6,000th with record books full of statistics from the Rosario born player.

It was the second time this year that Messi has scored by sending the ball under the wall (the first time was against Girona in February) and Valverde expects him to keep on surprising people.

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Ernesto Valverde's side found it tough to break down the visitors, although two moments of Messi magic helped seal a 3-0 win.

Real Sociedad won 2-1 at Villarreal despite going a goal down.

Another season and the Argentine continues to be the central figure at Barcelona, he organises play, provides assists and of course scores goals.

The signing of Malcom and Dembele's hoped-for emergence into a more reliable presence will give Valverde options that simply didn't exist last season, and his team selection on opening day will provide a strong clue over his future plans.

Real Madrid hosts Getafe in a Madrid derby on Sunday, when it's also Eibar vs. Huesca and Rayo Vallecano against Sevilla.

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