Lionel Messi scored two objectives on his record-equalling 767th look for Barcelona in a complete 4-1 La Liga victory over Huesca.
The 33-year-old scored his facet’s first and fourth objectives as Barca climbed into second place within the desk to maneuver inside 4 factors of league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Messi matched Xavi’s all-time look file within the Barcelona shirt, a profession which incorporates successful 34 trophies and now scoring 661 objectives since he made his debut in 2004, with 27 to this point this season.
In typical trend of the Argentine ahead, Messi put Barcelona forward within the thirteenth minute.
He took a contact earlier than unleashing a curled shot from 20 yards, which hit the underside of the crossbar earlier than going previous goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez.
Barcelona doubled their lead within the thirty fourth minute with Antoine Griezmann scoring in virtually similar trend to Messi’s opener, a curled end into the highest nook.
In the ultimate moments of the primary half, Huesca have been awarded a penalty on VAR evaluation for a foul on Rafa Mir, who additionally dispatched the spot-kick into the nook to halve the house facet’s benefit.
Messi then turned supplier for Barcelona’s third, crossing from the left to Oscar Mingueza who headed the ball into the online from shut vary for his maiden membership purpose.
Huesca virtually pulled one other purpose again when Mir discovered himself within the six-yard field because the ball got here throughout the face of purpose, however he mistimed his bounce and the ball rebounded off his chest and excessive.
Messi accomplished his double on the dying as he minimize inside earlier than sending one other strike from outdoors the field into the again of the online to cap his record-levelling look with two objectives and one help, as Huesca stay backside of the desk and 4 factors from security.
What the managers mentioned…
Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman: “I cannot say more about Leo. The level he has for many years, many games…he has equalled Xavi and on Sunday in principle, he will surpass him. He is the most important man in the history of Barca. Luckily, he is still with us.
“I’ve all the time mentioned there was loads of La Liga [matches this year]. It is troublesome for any group to win matches all year long. The factors we misplaced for a number of weeks [were many]. We have reacted properly.
“The team is confident. We cannot lose more points because we have already lost quite a few.”
Huesca supervisor Pacheta: “We are conceding a lot of goals. Today there are three goals, two for the squad, another that touches a defence.
“We must shake palms. We have performed a really worthy recreation despite the fact that the result’s disappointing. I’m happy with the group.
“We have done many things that are good. We have had goal situations. We have been involved in the game. Now our fight begins. I don’t like to talk about finals but now we have to get four points more than three teams.”