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Messi shines as Barcelona spank Huesca

Lionel Messi was the star of the show as Barcelona ran riot over newly-promoted Huesca at the Nou Camp by winning 8-2.

The Argentina captain scored a brace in the match even though he could have scored a hat-trick.

Huesca took a shock lead in the 3rd minute but capitulated after that as Barcelona showed their quality as they ripped Huesca apart.

Messi restored parity in the 16th minute and as from then on it was a matter of how many goals will Barcelona score.

Paulido diverted into his own net to give Barcelona the lead in the 24th minute,  Suarez added the third goal in the 39th minute to give Barca a 3-1 at the end of first half.

The Catalans continued from where they stopped in the first half when Dembele scored in the 48th minute, Rakitic, Alba and Suarez scored to complete the rout.

Lionel Messi had a chance to score a hat-trick but chose to allow Suarez to play the spot-kick to be tied on a brace.

Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde said in  his post-match conference

“The result was still up in the air at the break, but in the second half we sorted it out and were more clinical.

“We didn’t give away that many chances, but the ones we did ended as goals.”

Valverde was also asked about VAR, which was used in this game.

“The issue of celebrating a goal with a delay is something we need to get used to,” he said.

“The feeling is that everything is now fairer.

“To be leaders on goal difference is of relative importance.

“There are teams like Valencia and Atletico Madrid who are behind, but this just started and there is a long way to go.”

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