Messi Misses Penalty & Scores Record Goal In Barca
Spanish La Liga Report: Alaves v FC Barcelona 26 August 2017
Spanish La Liga
Result: Alaves 0-2 FC Barcelona
Date: 26 August 2017
Lionel Messi scored his 350th La Liga goal as FC Barcelona recorded a 2-0 win over Deportivo Alaves on Saturday evening.
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Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique made their first starts of the season, while Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcacer continued to partner Messi upfront.
Alaves had the ball in the back of the net after 13 minutes but Sobrino's strike was flagged for offside.
Barca, on the other hand, were dominating possession but were unable to carve out a clear-cut chances in the opening half an hour.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty in the 38th minute when Pique was brought down. Messi stepped up but had his spot-kick saved by Pacheco.
Barca did have a chance to break the deadlock before the break but Pacecho produced a good save to deny Deulofeu from close range.
10 minutes into the second half, Barca managed to break the deadlock as Messi did well create space in the box before firing home via a deflection.
Messi got his and Barcelona's second goal in the 66th minute with a thumping finish from close range after Alaves failed to clear their lines.
Messi went agonisingly close to completing his hat-trick after 75 minutes but his curling effort crashed against the crossbar.
Ernesto Valverde then introduced Paulinho for his Barca debut in the 88th minute, as they saw out the closing stages with relative ease.