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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Clément Lenglet (21')
  • Martin Braithwaite (35')
  • Lionel Messi (65')

Barcelona cruise past Real Valladolid on record night for Lionel Messi

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Barcelona made short work of Real Valladolid in a 3-0 La Liga win on a record-setting night for club talisman Lionel Messi on Tuesday.

Messi went into the match needing a goal to break Pele's mark for most with a single club and went close twice in the opening 20 minutes before setting up Clement Lenglet for a header to give Barcelona a first-half lead.

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Barcelona doubled their lead in the 35th minute with Messi once again pulling the strings, playing Sergino Dest into the area to cross for Martin Braithwaite, who stretched out and poked home from close range to give the visitors a 2-0 break at the half.

Messi's record goal for Barcelona came midway through the second half when Pedri's cheeky flick gave his teammate clear sight of the goal and the Argentine made no mistake about his finish past Jordi Masip.

It was the Barca talisman's 644th goal with the club, eclipsing the 643 goals that Brazil legend Pele scored for Santos during his career.

"Today was a very complete performance. We needed to win this game and we did that while showing some real quality," said Barca scorer Lenglet.

"Today our tactics worked well and we're very happy. Our full-backs were able to play high up the pitch and it was a consistent performance overall, while we didn't let our opponents have too many chances."

The result sees Barcelona move into fifth in La Liga, but they remain eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who also have a game in hand.

Ronald Koeman credited a formation switch for his team's comprehensive showing, with both Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho left on the bench.

"For this game we changed our formation to give us more security at the back and make the most of the quality of our full-backs," Koeman explained after the victory, Barca's first away league win since Oct. 1.

"At the same time, we were able to build plays without any problems and have lots of possession and players running between the lines. We saw a team that meant business, that showed good concentration and we created a lot of opportunities."

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 31 +37 70
2 Real Madrid 31 +29 67
3 Barcelona 30 +43 65
4 Sevilla FC 31 +21 64
5 Villarreal 31 +14 49
6 Real Betis 31 -3 48
7 Real Sociedad 31 +15 47
8 Granada 30 -14 39
9 Levante 31 -6 38
10 Celta Vigo 31 -7 38
11 Athletic Bilbao 30 +6 37
12 Osasuna 31 -9 37
13 Cádiz 31 -18 36
14 Valencia 31 -5 35
15 Getafe 31 -12 31
16 Alavés 31 -22 27
17 Huesca 31 -15 27
18 Real Valladolid 30 -14 27
19 Elche 31 -21 26
20 Eibar 31 -19 23