Messi scores Barcelona's 6000th league goal in win

Florence Fletcher
August 20, 2018

Messi's Barcelona manager Valverde said that the star should be enjoyed and was a once-in-a-lifetime player.

After a busy summer in the transfer market, reigning champions Barcelona get their new La Liga campaign underway with a home game against Alaves on Saturday night.

Ousmane Dembele, who started up front with Messi and Luis Suarez, squandered a series of chances, including a one-on-one with goalkeeper Pacheco in the first half.

Mario Hermoso scored just before half time to put the visitors ahead but his central defensive partner David Lopez put through his own net in the second half.

Against Alaves he got the opening goal with a free-kick that he put underneath the wall and after Coutinho added to the scoring, it was Messi again to take the total to 6,002 with 385 coming from the player.

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The forward's first goal, Barca's 6,000th in La Liga (he also scored their 5,000th in 2009) was delivered under the Alaves wall and coach Ernesto Valverde says we're lucky to be living in the same era as him.

Confidence is high among the Blaugrana after last week's Super Cup victory over Sevilla and a comfortable midweek win against Boca Juniors, but Alaves have a good recent record at the Camp Nou and will be determined to cause another upset.

Villarreal couldn't hold on to an early lead at its Ceramica Stadium, losing 2-1 to Real Sociedad.

Celta Vigo and Espanyol gave their new coaches a frustrating start in the Spanish league with a 1-1 draw.

Real Madrid hosts Getafe in a Madrid derby on Sunday, when it's also Eibar vs. Huesca and Rayo Vallecano against Sevilla.

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