Messi brace as Barcelona keep pressure on Real Madrid with easy win

Ross Houston
April 27, 2017

Alcacer has now started the last three games.

"Beyond the two goals - the first of which is a very hard finish - Andre has large potential", Luis Enrique, who has defended Gomes several times this year, said in his postgame news conference.

In his 319th appearance, Mascherano scored his first goal for the LaLiga titleholders in Wednesday's 7-1 rout of Osasuna.

However Madrid have a game in hand which means even if Barcelona win all of their remaining games they won't necessarily be crowned champions.

Messi opened the scoring with a solo dribble, capped with a neat chip over Osasuna goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, before Gomes volleyed home Ivan Rakitic's cross.

Lionel Messi reached 500 career goals for Barcelona after he netted the victor against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday while at the other end of the table Osasuna's return to the top flight lasted just a season as their relegation was confirmed.

"We all know about Messi's quality, about what he can add to the team", Alcacer said.

Despite the Catalans regularly recording cricket scores against opponents since his arrival in 2010, amazingly he had never managed to find the net himself.

Messi capped a virtuoso individual display with an injury time victor at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, moving Luis Enrique's men back to the top of the table on goal difference.

Torres stunned Camp Nou by reducing the arrears three minutes into the second half.

Gomes scored in the 30th and 57th minutes, and Alcacer netted in the 64th and 86th.

Osasuna could become the first side to get relegated from La Liga this season if they lose against Barcelona and Leganes manage to win against Las Palmas.

As you can see in the video (0:25) and pictures below, when Messi scored, they all held up their Barcelona shirts to imitate his celebration at the Bernabeu.

The goal was Mascherano's first at the club level since February 25, 2010, when he was playing in the Europa League with Liverpool.

Barcelona, which is still without the suspended Neymar, opted for a more unusual lineup than normal, with Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez among those getting a breather after Sunday's match, while Lucas Digne, Arda Turan and Denis Suarez entered the starting XI.

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