Lionel Messi Hits Two Perfect Free-Kick Goals vs. Espanyol

Rex Christensen
December 9, 2018

Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic were among the other Barcelona players who were put through their paces.

But, after 17 minutes, another moment of brilliance from Messi broke the deadlock.

Dembele justified coach Ernesto Valverde's decision with a lovely curling shot into the far corner of the Espanyol net and the game was virtually over as a contest when Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a narrow angle.

Dembele was again involved for the Spanish champions, with the Frenchman's through pass releasing Luis Suarez, who squeezed a low attempt through the legs of Diego Lopez.

In the second half, the 31-year-old Argentine ace scored another sublime free-kick.

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Espanyol improved after the interval and had a goal disallowed for offside when Oscar Duarte stabbed home Sergio Garcia's cross from close range, but a comeback was never a serious possibility for the hosts.

The visitors went into the game knowing that a win would take them three points clear at the top of the LaLiga table and they duly did their bit as they cut their opponents to ribbons in the opening 45.

Barca's front three were all in fine form but Messi was the conductor at the heart of all their play. They have not beaten Barcelona in 19 attempts in La Liga now, while a fourth straight league loss means their strong start has faded badly of late.

To suggest that Messi is one-dimensional is outrageously reductive and he proved that he has much more than one skill in his locker when he scored one of the greatest free-kicks you're going to see all season.

Lionel Messi wrote a fresh chapter in the LaLiga history books as the Barcelona captain set another record in his side's Catalan derby clash away to Espanyol.

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