La Liga Today: Football Club Barcelona have pulled off a sensational 4-4 Draw with Villarreal.
Barcelona still managed to score 2 opening goals without Messi, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic in their beginning line-up through a Philippe Coutinho goal in the 12th minute and Brazilian forward Malcom’s header four minutes later. But Villarreal opened their account with 19 year old Samuel Chukwueze midway through the first half.
Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi took advantage of slack positioning from Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to equalise soon after the interval. Vicente Iborra scored on 62 minutes before substitute Carlos Bacca completed the hosts’ incredible revival with their fourth goal on 80 minutes.
Messi, who was called from the bench on 61 minutes, gave the league leaders a sniff before Suazrez struck with almost the last kick of the game. Messi has now scored 40+ goals in the consecutive 10 Laliga Seasons.
Messi scores three free kick goals in three successive La Liga games!
Real Betis (March 17)
Espanyol (March 30)
Villarreal (April 2)
This brings Messi to a total of 42 goals so far this 2018-2019 season!