Lionel Messi's 20-Yard Curling Strike Literally Came Out Of Nowhere

Messi Barcelona 02022019

Messi Barcelona 02022019

Messi now has 12 goals in his last nine games across all competitions for Barcelona, and has scored in every match since being shut out by Tottenham Hotspur after coming on as a substitute in the Champions League on December 11.

Valencia raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Kevin Gameiro and Daniel Parejo.

But Atletico Madrid, now six points behind, can close the gap when they take on Real Betis on Sunday.

Lionel Messi is a minor doubt for Barcelona's game against Real Madrid on Wednesday after ending Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia with a thigh problem.

Marcelino's side's strategy of intense pressing and rapid counter-attacks paid off with their two goals while their organisation and discipline prevented Barca from hitting top gear, even through Sergi Roberto nearly equalised before the interval when his shot hit the post.

Barca received a penalty of their own soon after when Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have been brought down by Antonio Latorre. The contact was minimal and Messi actually curled into the back of the net seconds later, but the referee had already blown for a foul. The captain Lionel MESSI stepped up and made no mistake scoring to reduce the lead to one goal. But their advantage was short lived after Lionel Messi converted a first-half penalty.

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Neto had to make another wonderful stop to keep out a long-range Alena strike in the 53rd minute as Barcelona continued to work the ball into shooting positions at Camp Nou.

He has now scored in 8 consecutive La Liga matches for the third time.

He then bagged his second goal just after the hour mark to level the game.

Rodrigo tested Ter Stegen from distance 10 minutes from time, but that proved to be the striker's final piece of action as Santi Mina became Valencia's third substitute on Saturday night.

Barcelona were unable to find a victor but they stay top of La Liga on 50 minutes.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is hopeful that it's nothing too serious and is optimistic that Messi will be available to face Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg.

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