Messi double sends Barca top

 

Barca's two-goal hero Lionel Messi terrorises the Villarreal defence

Barca's two-goal hero Lionel Messi terrorises the Villarreal defence

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona overcame an unjust offside decision to beat Villarreal 3-1 at the Nou Camp and move provisionally above fierce rivals Real Madrid – who play Sporting Gijon on Sunday – at the top of the Primera Division table after 11 matches.

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David Villa gave the Catalans the lead after 22 minutes and Pedro thought he had made it two shortly afterwards, but saw his effort ruled out by an erroneous offside decision. Nilmar then levelled for Villarreal as the Nou Camp continued to jeer the officials.

But as he has done so often in the past, Messi came to the Catalans’ rescue with a brilliant goal after 59 minutes and the Argentinian wrapped up the points with a contentious second late on. Read more of this post

Barca and Real agree Monday night Clasico date

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner when Barcelona beat Real at the Nou Camp in last season's Clasico

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner when Barcelona beat Real at the Nou Camp in last season's Clasico

The first ‘Clasico’ of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place on a Monday night, the Spanish league has confirmed.

The two heavyweights will meet at the Nou Camp on November 29 to avoid a clash with the Catalan elections which take place in Barcelona a day earlier.

A statement on Real’s official website confirmed the news. It read: “The football league has announced the matchday 13 clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on November 29 at 2100 local time.

“This is due to the 13th round coinciding with the elections for the parliament of Catalonia and the security problems that would create.” Read more of this post

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