However, the former Liverpool man witnessed his spot-kick saved but he more than made amends five minutes later. Some lame defending allowed him into the area and the Uruguayan made no further mistake as he curled the ball home, sealing the Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona match in Barcelona’s favour.
Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona : Match report and analysis
The Argentina international superstar reached yet another incredibly glorious landmark in the first-half of the Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona clash before grabbing an equally brilliant second in an entertaining game played on Wednesday evening. Luis Enrique’s men did not really show up with their potential to get going in the early stages but they did continue successfully to dominate possession for the major part of the Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona encounter.
Sporting created the first opportunity of the game when Alen Halilovic made a splendid run through the middle of midfield but his feeble pass to Alex Menendez was wasted when the winger sent the ball over the top. Luis Suarez then wasted a chance in the 21st minute mark but Barca were in command four minutes later. A patient and clinical team move was finished by Messi who just brilliantly picked his spot before curling the ball majestically into the far corner past Pichu.
Enrique’s side were pegged back soon when Carlos Castro scored in the 27th minute mark but Messi soon put his team back in front again. Another quality passage of game found its way into the area and the recent Ballon d’Or winner thrust the ball into the roof of the net.
In the second half, the defending champions took their foot off the gas but they did manage to find time for a third goal. Suarez should have netted after the hour mark right from the penalty spot after Neymar was brought down unethically by Pichu.