20 Jul Alavés vs. Barcelona – Football Match Report – July 19, 2020
Lionel Messi completed as prime scorer in La Liga for a report seventh time after netting twice as dethroned champions Barcelona ended their disappointing marketing campaign on a excessive with a convincing 5-Zero win at Alaves on Sunday.
Barca completed the season second within the standings on 82 factors, 5 behind newly-crowned champions Actual Madrid who drew 2-2 at Leganes later on Sunday. Alaves got here 16th on 39.
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Teenage ahead Ansu Fati put Barca in entrance halfway by means of the primary half after the guests hit the woodwork thrice, whereas Messi and strike companion Luis Suarez additional stretched their aspect’s lead earlier than halftime.
Defender Nelson Semedo hit the fourth early within the second half earlier than Messi struck once more, ending the marketing campaign on 25 league objectives, 4 greater than second-top scorer Karim Benzema of Actual Madrid.
The Argentine, who additionally completed as prime marksman for a fourth consecutive season, eclipsed the benchmark he beforehand shared with the late Telmo Zarra however stated he would have slightly have gained the league.
“Particular person prizes and aims are secondary. It is an essential achievement to win it seven instances however I’d have appreciated it to have been accompanied by the La Liga title,” Messi stated.
Barca’s captain had made headlines on Thursday following his offended post-match interview after the 2-1 loss to Osasuna, blasting the team as weak and inconsistent, additionally showing to criticise the operating of the membership.
However he was in a happier temper after the dominant efficiency in opposition to Alaves, saying the team felt extra assured forward of subsequent month’s Champions League last-16 second leg sport with Napoli, which they host with the rating tied at 1-1.
“Immediately we noticed one thing else, it was a troublesome sport as a result of scenario we have been in and the kick off time and warmth however the team responded with a special perspective and confirmed nice dedication,” Messi added.
“We took a protracted arduous have a look at ourselves from the within which is what we would have liked to do. We’ve not had season by way of performances or outcomes however at present we took a step ahead.
“It is an essential step for what’s coming subsequent.”