Lionel Messi scores twice in Barcelona victory – European round-up | Football News
Lionel Messi doubled the lead in the second half as Barcelona ended a four-match unbeaten run in La Liga, beating Real Betis 5-2.
Barca’s captain surprisingly exited coach Ronald Koeman’s starting line – up when Antonio Sanabria canceled a brilliant opening strike from Usman Temple on the sidelines of the half.
But Messi was brought in early in the second period and immediately created a majestic dummy, allowing Antoine Griezmann to tap into an unprotected net and put Barca back in front in the 49th minute.
Prior to the correction, the Frenchman had missed four fines before the break – including the imposition of a fine.
Messi, who replaced Ansu Fathi, extended the lead in the 61st minute after being shown a red card straight to Issa Mandi – following a VAR review – for sending a spot-kick for using his hand to block a shot from the temple.
Bedis set up a tight 15 minutes when Lauren left the house from 10 yards, but Messi closed things off after a couple of minutes with Sergi Roberto in the 82nd minute.
Teenager’s first goal in La Liga – Midfielder Petrie was denied a hat – trick by an offside flag to the playmaker before adding a fifth.
Koman was impressed by Messi’s impact
Barcelona boss Ronald Common: “We have been discussing since yesterday that he (Messi) has some awkwardness from the game against Dynamo Cay. We talked and we decided it was the best thing to leave him on the bench if we needed to. Without the awkwardness, he would have played.
“We know who he is and I have no doubt about him. I see him working every day. He’s not good enough to start today, but of course his presence in the second half is very important.
“We had a lot of chances, we missed the penalty, we only went 1-1 at half time. But we kept the team’s mood in the second half and could have scored more than five goals.
“It was an important win – we needed three points after the final results. In general the team was good and deserved to win.”
Bundesliga: Angelino explains Stuttgart victory
R.P. Leipzig They maintained a 100 percent home record at the Bundesliga this season Freiburg Saturday’s 3-0, closing the performance with Angelino’s majestic free-kick.
The win took Leipzig to the top with 16 points, just two hours behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich until the classic.
Nordy Mugiel put it in the middle until Freiburg crossed the Marce Sabitzer post in the 26th minute, with Ibrahim Gonad dropping the ball close to home.
Emil Forsberg and Kevin Campbell added a second before half time, while Freiburg only made one goal attempt in the first half.
Freiburg improved after the break, but as they got back into the match, Nicholas Hofler put Christopher Nungu in the penalty area and Subitzer moved from that spot.
Wing-back Angelino curled a perfect free-kick into the wall to add a third in the 89th minute.
Bayern Munich Forward Robert Lewandowski was on target again, taking his tally to 11 league goals this season as the Bavarians beat old rivals 3-2 from behind. Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern are top of the Bundesliga with 18 points from seven games, R.P. Dortmund are 15th in the league with two leads over Leicesbike.
In the meantime, Schalke04 Two came twice from behind to cancel Mains05 The Bundesliga base clash on Saturday ended in a penalty shootout and a 2-2 draw, with both teams looking for their first win of the season after seven games.
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Serie A: Cagliari defeated Samptoria by 10 men
Joao Point and Nahitan Nandes scored the second half goals Cochlear The 10-man won 2-0 Samptoria A player was sent off halfway through Serie A on Saturday.
In the 38th minute when Nandes blocked a bad back pass and appeared to have taken a clear run towards the goal, the game sparked the way for Cochlear.
Tommaso Agello dropped him, who was initially given a yellow card, which turned red after the VAR review.
When Joao Pedro ran into Lorenzo Donelli, Cagliari advanced three minutes later and the referee awarded a penalty, which converted himself for the fifth goal of the Brazilian season.
Giovanni Simeone Nandes shot wide for Jacques Janto before he could clarify Cagliari’s second goal in the 69th minute.
The Sardinians thought Ricardo had added a third of the ball when he put the ball into the net, but following a lengthy VAR review it was not allowed offside. As a result both sides were eliminated with 10 points from seven games. Elsewhere, Spice Won Benevento 3-0 to go 12-0.