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szdaily -> Sports
Barca strengthens league lead
    2017-October-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

LIONEL MESSI scored again and Barcelona won again, though in lackluster fashion and by 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league Saturday.

Messi netted his 12th league goal in the first half, and Paulinho in added time.

“Leo has an incredible capability to tilt the scale. We are lucky to have the world’s best player with us,” coach Ernesto Valverde said.

The Catalan club’s ninth win in 10 rounds strengthened its lead back to a four-point cushion over Valencia.

Valencia won at Alaves 2-1, its seventh straight in all competitions, thanks to Simone Zaza’s opening goal before halftime.

The Italian striker trailed only Messi on the goal-scoring list with eight, but it was teammate Rodrigo Moreno who notched the game-winner with a penalty shot in the second half.

Atletico Madrid was still undefeated and ranked fourth after notching its fifth draw, 1-1 at home versus Villarreal.

Atletico hasn’t lost in 14 straight games and faces another pressure match tomorrow, against Qarabag in the Champions League.

Messi again showcased his multi skillset with a dazzling display of playmaking and finishing while leading Barcelona to another league win.

The Argentine star first volleyed a long shot into Kepa Arrizabalaga’s hands, later hit the near post after combining with Luis Suarez and dribbling by the goalkeeper, and finally scored on a low one-tap strike after a cross from left back Jordi Alba.

Messi initialized the scoring play and also assisted Paulinho on a clear chance that the Brazilian whiffed on, hitting the crossbar.

But Aritz Aduriz’s miss was more costly for Bilbao, which could have taken the lead in the early going if its top striker had been able to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen one-on-one. (SD-Agencies)

 

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