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Messi Bags Brace For Barca In New Pink Kit

Lionel Messi bagged a brace for FC Barcelona, who registered a 3-1 win over neighbours Girona in a friendly on Wednesday evening.

Click through the gallery to see Messi and Barcelona in action against Girona.

Messi was included in the line-up once again as he lined up alongside Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and new signing Trincao.

Coutinho nearly got the opener after just five minutes when his deflected from the edge of the box rattled against the frame of the goal.

The Brazilian was not to be denied on the 20-minute mark as Messi's superb pass found Trincao who unselfishly teed up Countinho for the simple finish.

Messi was unable to score in the weekend's friendly but he managed to double Barcelona's lead on the stroke of halftime with right-footed effort from distance.

Girona made a positive start to the second half, with Samuel Saiz capitalising on Frenkie de Jong's error to fire home for his side's first goal a minute after the break.

The hosts' joy was short-lived as the Catalan giants got a third goal five minutes later thanks to Messi's second goal of the evening.

Barca manager Ronald Koeman went on to re-shuffle the pack after the hour mark by making nine changes as goalkeeper Neto and Arujo were the only player to stay on.

There were a couple sights at goal from Ousmane Dembele and Pedri in the last quarter of the encounter, but 3-1 was how the encounter ended as Koeman must now prepare his side for Joan Gamper Trophy clash against Elche this weekend.


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