Magical Goals: Watch Lionel Messi Goals Against Getafe
Mouthwatering encounter between Barcelona and Getafe in La-liga last night evening ended 5-2, in which evergreen attacker Lionel Messi struck from just outside the box, seeing his near-perfect shot crash back off the underside of the crossbar.
The Argentine opened the scoring for the Catalan giants in 7th minutes of the game. Sergio Busquets found him with a brilliant through ball, and he did the rest, finding the far corner via David Soria’s glove.
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However, this lead did not last long. La Masia academy graduate Marc Cucurella whipped in a low cross towards Angel. The striker deflected the cross onto the body of Clement Lenglet, who diverted the ball into his own net.
In the 28th minute, Getafe returned the favour, putting La Blaugrana back in front in comical fashion. Under no pressure, defender Sofian Chakla attempted to play back to goalkeeper Soria, but miscalculated his pass and found the bottom corner.
Five minutes later, Messi popped up with moment of magic to make it 3-1. His right-footed volley was turned onto the post by Soria, but he managed to follow up and tap in from a tight angle. This was his 25th La Liga goal of the season, equalling his tally from the last league campaign.
The second half started in slightly tamer fashion, with neither side coming close to adding to the score-line in the first 20 minutes before VAR awarded Getafe a penalty when Ronald Araujo caught Eres Unal with his right foot. The Turkey international stepped up and coolly rolled his penalty into the bottom left corner.
With their lead now just one goal, Ronald Koeman’s side began to look nervy, especially up front. Messi fed both Ilaix Moriba and Francisco Trincao, but both attempted to pass when perhaps they were better placed to shoot.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner did eventually manage to bag himself an assist, putting the game to bed in the process. Araujo made amends for his earlier mistake, guiding a header into the back of the net from Messi’s corner to make it 4-2.
Messi would get his chance to complete his first hat-trick of the season, after Chakla brought down Antoine Griezmann. However, the 33-year-old unselfishly let Griezmann take the penalty, bagging his ninth goal of the season.
The game finished 5-2 – a scoreline that perhaps flattered Koeman’s side a bit. Barcelona move five points off the top with a game in hand, while Getafe remain just four points above the relegation zone.
Messi on the other hand, was in inspirational form once again, instantly making his mark on the game with an explosive opening ten minutes. He was desperately unlucky to see one thunderous strike hit the crossbar, but made sure he was not denied a second time just a few minutes later.
He soon added a second to his tally before half time, and set up assist in second-half of the game. The legendary forward has become the first player in the history of the top five European leagues to score 25 goals in each of the last 12 seasons, however, there’s one particular stat that’s even more remarkable.
The two brace against Getafe last night also gave him 468 league goals in his career. That’s the same amount as Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer’s Premier League totals combined, and in 418 less games.