Messi scores two in Barcelona’s win in friendly with Girona

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Messi scores two in Barcelona's win in friendly with Girona




Lionel Messi during a friendly between Barcelona and Girona


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Lionel Messi during a friendly between Barcelona and Girona


Argentine Lionel Messi scored two goals in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Girona (Spanish second division) in a friendly this Wednesday in preparation for the team’s debut in the Spanish Championship.

The Barça captain led the team in this second friendly of the season, in which he participated in all goals and was one of the most active during the 60 minutes he was on the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring by finishing almost alone after an exchange of passes between Antoine Griezmann, Messi and Trincão (21).

Just before the break, Messi landed a shot from outside the box to enlarge (44).

At the beginning of the second half, Samu Saiz reduced to Girona (46), but Messi took the lead to increase the advantage with another shot from the entrance of the area (50) decreeing the final score.

The Catalan team completely dominated the match, which served the new coach Ronald Koeman to continue adjusting the team for the debut in the Spanish Championship (on the 26th or 27th of September against Villarreal).

This was Barça’s second friendly, who also beat the modest Nástic (third division) 3-1 last Saturday.

As in that first confrontation, Koeman once again left Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez out of the list of related players, adding to rumors that the Dutch coach does not want to work with him.

The Spanish press initially pointed out that Suárez could go to Juventus, although on Wednesday some information suggested that the Uruguayan would interest Atlético de Madrid and PSG.

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