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Messi and Trincao score braces as Barca hammer Alaves 5-1

Night of braces for Barca


Lionel Messi marked his club record-equalling 505th LaLiga appearance for Barcelona with two goals in an impressive 5-1 home win against Alaves.

Messi, who joined Xavi with most league games played for the Catalans, struck with a low 25-yard shot at the end of the first half after Trincao had opened the scoring on his full LaLiga debut.

Luis Rioja struck for Alaves early in the second half, but Trincao added his second and within a minute Messi curled home Barca’s fourth.

Junior Firpo completed the scoring with 10 minutes remaining as Barca extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches and climbed up to second in the table, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Barca’s teenage midfielder Ilaix Moriba, also making his LaLiga debut, had an early header blocked before the home side went on to dominate the first half.

During the first 25 minutes Barca had over 80 per cent possession but failed to carve out any clear-cut chances.

Rodrigo Battaglia’s 28th-minute volley was Alaves’ first effort on target and was easily saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Barca responded by taking a 29th-minute lead.

Moriba collected a cross inside the penalty area and unselfishly set up Trincao, who lashed the ball home through the legs of a defender on the goal line.

Messi thought he had made it 2-0 when firing home a rebound after Antoine Griezmann’s shot had been saved, but the Frenchman had been offside.

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But Barca skipper Messi was not to be denied in first-half stoppage time when he turned neatly away from his markers and fired a low 25-yard effort in off the inside of a post.

The Argentinian has scored in each of Barca’s last five matches.






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