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Messi double leads Barca to within four points of La Liga summit

/ 06:40 AM March 16, 2021
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FILE PHOTO: December 22, 2020 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Juan Medina

BARCELONA — Lionel Messi celebrated his record-equalling 767th appearance for Barcelona by scoring two goals in a 4-1 La Liga victory over Huesca which helped the Catalans to move within four points of the top of the table on Monday.

First-half strikes from Messi and Antoine Griezmann looked to have put Barca in the driving seat. However, a Rafa Mir penalty against the run of play halved the deficit on the stroke of halftime.

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A first goal for the club by defender Oscar Mingueza restored Barca’s two-goal cushion eight minutes after the restart.

Mir missed a golden chance to pull one back when he headed over from close range as the visitors sought a way back into the game, before Messi rounded off the win in the final minute of normal time.

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The victory lifted Barca to 59 points in second place, four behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid.

Huesca, meanwhile, remain bottom of the table on 20 points, four from safety.

Messi equalled Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for Barcelona.

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