MSN Reach 100 Goal Mark This season In Style
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MSN Reach 100 Goal Mark This season In Style

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored the second goal in his side’s 4-1 win over Villarreal, taking the MSN’s tally to 100 for the campaign.

Neymar had opened the scoring with the 99th and the 101st and 102nd followed from Luis Suarez and Messi, again, this time from the penalty spot.

Messi now has 51 goals this season in all competitions, too, having moved on to 500 in his Barça career in the win over Real Madrid.

In their first season together the MSN scored 122 and last season they scored 131.

They’re unlikely to match last season’s total, but have once again impressively managed to combine for a century of goals.

Luis Enrique had been expected to pick his Gala XI for the first time in La Liga this season, but instead opted to include Lucas Digne at left-back in place of Jordi Alba.

After a slow start, the game kicked into life after Neymar’s 21st minute goal, the Brazilian slotting home after Messi’s deflected shot found its way to him.

Villarreal hit back, though, and equalised when Bakambu beat the offside trap, held off Gerard Pique and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Both sides then exchanged chances and it looked like being level at the break before Messi popped up. The Argentine beat Bruno Soriano, drifted left and his deflected shot beat Andres Fernandez.

Suarez killed the game off after the break, firing home after a counter attack led by Sergi Roberto.

The Blaugrana then began to enjoy themselves, with Neymar especially having fun. He made a mockery of Mario and then crossed, with Suarez’s eventual shot blocked by a hand and a penalty awarded.

Messi chipped the ball home down the middle — his 51st of the campaign and the MSN’s 102nd — as Barca sealed a 4-1 win.

They’re doing what they have to do, but they still need a Madrid slip up if they’re to win a third consecutive title under Luis Enrique.



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