Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Clever Messi strike in Barca La Liga win

Clever Messi strike in Barca La Liga win

He made history again, scoring Barcelona's 6,000th La Liga goal in his 15th straight campaign for the Spanish side.

As such, it seems fitting that the mercurial forward was the man to set the latest landmark.

"We expected Alaves would be hard because they tighten up at the back and it was like that in the first half, but in the second we found more space and the goals arrived", said Roberto.

"We're lucky to be able to see him every day".

"We're lucky to be involved in football during the era in which he is playing - we want him to pull a rabbit from the hat every day".

Only Real Madrid have scored more goals in the league, with 6,041 in 2,800 games.

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Brazilian Coutinho added a second seven minutes from time, collecting the ball on the edge of the area and showing some quick feet before curling home. The Uruguayan was a main culprit in Messi putting in one of the best passing performances you'll see all season but still ending up with zero assists to his name. It's not a common free kick but he does it often.

The free kick goal was Barcelona's 6000th La Liga goal.

"He also scored a free kick against Alaves a year ago like his one in the first half tonight, which hit the bar".

Messi, on his first league outing as club captain and without Andres Iniesta at the club, clipped the bar in the first half before trying a different tactic to put his side ahead in the second.

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But it was Messi, the top scorer in La Liga last season with 34 goals, who had the final say, chesting down a cross from Luis Suarez and holding off a defender before stroking into the near corner with the final kick of the game.

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