Barcelona. Lionel Messi celebrated with a couple of goals having reached the legendary Xavi Hernández as the players with the most league games in the history of Barcelona.
The Argentine star gave tranquility to the Barça win on Saturday 5-1 over Alavés, which reached 505 matches in the domestic season in Spain.
Messi shined first with a superb left-footed shot from outside the area, which hit the base of the post before hitting the nets in the last action before the break. He signed his fourth double of the course with another far left foot, which got into the hairpin of the frame defended by goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco at 75.
Lio was also the victim of the annulment of a goal due to a controversial call from the video arbitration (VAR), which pointed out an out of place of the French Antoine Griezmann at 36.
The Portuguese Francisco Trincão also celebrated a double with goals at 29 and 75, while the Spanish-Dominican Junior Firpo sealed the win in a superb play that was born in Messi’s boots, with a great pumped pass upon the arrival of Griezmann, who took a low center for the side to push him to the networks at 80.
Luis Rioja discounted for the visitors by taking advantage of a fault in an exit and driving to the area to sentence with a shot down at 57.
Barça achieved its seventh victory in the league and returned to the sub-leadership with 46 points, the same as Real Madrid, who play on Sunday against Valencia. Both are eight units behind Atlético de Madrid, which beat Granada 2-1 hours before.
“We are on a good streak and seven victories in a row in the league says a lot about how we are doing,” said midfielder Riqui Puig about the moment of the Barça team.
Messi continues to write golden pages in the prestigious culé team by equaling Xavi in league duels (505). He is close to also surpassing him in total games after the midfielder left the mark at 767, eight less than the Argentine has.
This new brand is added to the ones with the most goals (653) and victories (531) that are already held by “La Pulga”.
Messi, who has scored 13 goals in 12 games for Alavés, reached 15 goals in the course, one less than the Uruguayan Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) has in the fight for Pichichi.
The Dutch coach Ronald Koeman had rotations in the Barça squad ahead of their Champions League round of 16 duel against PSG on Tuesday, which saw the debut of the 18-year-old Spanish naturalized Guinean Ilaix Moriba. between movements.
Atleti consolidates its leadership
Argentine Ángel Correa brought Atlético de Madrid out of the quagmire, which with a victory strengthened its leadership.
Correa scored the target with which the colchoneros signed the 2-1 victory in their visit to the Granada field.
The Argentine striker sent Marcos Llorente’s pass into the nets, with a shot that was deflected by defender Jesús Vallejo in the 74th minute. Llorente opened the scoring with a low shot from the edge of the area at 63.
The Venezuelan Yangel Herrera paired momentarily with a shot in the area, which got to the top of the goal at 66.
“We came from a draw, so we had the illusion of taking the three points against a great rival. We are very happy because we were able to do it, ”Correa said. “We knew that we had to be calm in the last meters, that we were creating situations and that the goal was going to come.”
The rojiblancos resumed the triumphal path to reach 54 units, eight more than the Barcelona and Real Madrid guards. Atleti enjoys this comfortable advantage, in addition to having a couple of pending duels, after linking 10 dates without defeat, with nine wins and a draw.
Granada have failed to win in 2021, after suffering their fourth setback in seven games, to stagnate in 8th position in the table with 30 points.
The stellar Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez left his goalscoring march after celebrating seven goals in the most recent four days, to take the lead for Pichichi with 16 goals.
Suárez did not run with luck at the time of the definition after generating the best option with a shot in the area that crashed on the crossbar in the 47th minute.
In the first half, the Uruguayan striker tried a Vaseline shot that went just over the top at 16 and was the victim of a great save by Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Silva at 30.
The rojiblancos went through havoc to integrate their call by not having the Englishman Kieran Trippier for a sanction, with the Portuguese Joao Félix, the Mexican Héctor Herrera, the French Moussa Dembélé and Thomas Lemar for COVID-19; and with the Uruguayan José María Giménez and Víctor Machín for injuries.
Munir El Haddadi at minute 57 converted the target with which Sevilla extended their winning streak to five dates by beating Huesca 1-0 to remain in fourth position.
The Seville team stacked their ninth victory in all competitions to have 45 points, one less than Real Madrid.
Eibar and Valladolid equal
Kike García at minute 23 scored the goal with which Eibar saved the 1-1 draw at home against Valladolid, for which Roque Mesa opened the penalty account at minute seven.
Eibar marches in position 17 with 21 points; Valladolid is one notch down with the same number of units.