Sunday, 6 May 2018

Messi sets new Camp Nou record with Clasico strike against Real Madrid

The Argentine was not to be denied a customary goal against the Los Blancos on Sunday, with his effort raising the bar a little higher in Catalunya.
Lionel Messi was again on target for FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, with a new record set in terms of Clasico goals at Camp Nou by the little magician.
The mercurial Argentine has been a thorn in the Blancos’ side down the years, terrorising Madrid defence with his remarkable talents both in Catalunya and the Spanish capital.
It was on home soil that he picked his way through Zinedine Zidane’s side on Sunday, with Real caught a cold at the start of the second half with an incredible volley by Luis Suarez.
The visitors were a man to the good following the dismissal of Sergi Roberto and had entered the interval level at 1-1, thanks to the goal of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi, however, had Barca back in front within seven minutes of the re-start as he drilled low into the bottom corner after a great pass from Luis Suarez, although the ref should have played a foul earlier.
Despite having three defenders around him, the 30-year-old forward found a yard of space and lashed past Keylor Navas without even looking on the goal.
The effort was his seventh at Camp Nou in Clasico encounters, and nobody has managed more.
Real legend Francisco Gento plundered six during his distinguished career, but that mark has now been passed.
Messi’s effort keeps him on course to finish the 2017-18 campaign as the top scorer in La Liga.
He has now found the target 33 times in the Spanish top-flight, keeping him eight clear of eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo – who had also been on target in the latest Clasico before being forced off with an ankle problem.
Messi's goal did not prove to be the winner for Barcelona, unfortunately, as Gareth Bale equalised inside the final 20 minutes to earn Madrid a point after a tempestuous encounter. The Match ended 2:2 which means that the Catalunya Giants are still unbeaten.


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