Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lionel Messi scores a beauty before showing off jazzy new celebration

Lionel Messi scores a beauty before showing off jazzy new celebration

Goals from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi guided FC Barcelona to a comfortable 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou.

"We scored twice in the first half and could have really finished them off, then in the second half we took our foot off the pedal without realising", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told a news conference. "The team and the players are showing that we attack and defend all together".

Real Madrid are 15 adrift of Spanish league leaders FC Barcelona and now occupying the third spot in league standings with 60 points.

Lionel Messi added to his scoring streak with a first-half goal in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league yesterday.

Alcacer converted Jordi Alba's cutback in the eighth minute and Messi fired home from the edge of the box on the half-hour as Barca followed up their midweek progression to the Champions League last eight by extending their unbeaten league run to 36 games. "The next match in Seville will be a very hard trip".

Real Madrid reclaimed third place when Ronaldo took his La Liga goals tally this season to 22.

"Cristiano is very important to us, he transmits an incredible amount of energy for the team", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. Today, I try to be a team player.

Welsh star Gareth Bale was also on the scoresheet four minutes from time.

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Barcelona are now leading the log with 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid who play later on Sunday.

However, Turkey striker Enes Unal headed in a deserved equaliser in the 82nd and then struck the victor from close range in stoppage time.

After a quiet opening to the second half, Coutinho almost bagged a third goal on 57 minutes when his long-range effort was turned away by Kepa.

It was Messi's 25th league goal of the season, remarkably the ninth season in a row that he has achieved the feat.

Sevilla crashed to a 2-1 league defeat by Leganes just days after pulling off the surprise elimination of Manchester United in the Champions League.

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