Messi sets new record as Barcelona beat Bilbao

Messi sets new record as Barcelona beat Bilbao

Barcelona moved a place up into second in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday after a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao; with club captain Lionel Messi entering the record books again.

Barca went ahead after 20 minutes.

Lionel Messi scored direct from a free-kick for his 650th goal in 750 games for the club. However, Athletic Bilbao came back into it when Jordi Alba put past Marc-Andre ter Stegen after 49 minutes.

But Barcelona had the last word 16 minutes from time. Antoine Griezmann scored from Oscar Mingueza’s cross to give the home side all three points.

Barcelona are now ahead of third-placed Real Madrid on goal difference, with Atletico Madrid 10 points clear at the summit.

At the end of the game, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman defended Messi; following the publication by a newspaper in Spain details of his contract with the club on Sunday.

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Koeman said: “What has come out is intended to damage him. Messi deserves respect. He has done so much for Spanish football. There are people out to hurt FC Barcelona and Messi.

“If it turns out to be someone on the inside then that is very bad and they should have no future at the club.”

Barcelona has denied any responsibility for the leak and said they could take legal action.

Meanwhile, Liverpool moved up to third in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday as two goals from Egyptian forward, Mohammed Salah helped them to a 3-1 win at West Ham United.

Liverpool are now four points behind leaders Manchester City and one away from second-placed Manchester United.

The Premier League champions have a tally of 40 points.

 

Source: Reuters

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