Sporting vs Barcelona : Full highlights and all goals
Lionel Messi passed his incredible 300 Primera Division goals as Barcelona further extended their lead at the top seat to six points with a confident 3-1 victory in the Sporting vs Barcelona encounter.
It took Messi only 25 minutes to reach the landmark, and just six minutes later he made it to 301, with Luis Suarez placing a missed penalty behind him to include the third in the 67th minute mark.
Gijon had briefly levelled matters by Carlos Castro and gave a promising account of themselves, with their goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar producing many good saves, including the one from Suarez’s spot-kick.
Barca coach Luis Enrique grew as a Sporting fan and exclaimed before the match that if Barca’s record 30-match unbeaten run was to meet it’s end, he would want it to happen at El Molinon.
But that looked unlikely to happen, and Cuellar generated his first fine save in the 21st minute of the Sporting vs Barcelona clash to refuse Suarez after he had been played through brilliantly by Neymar.
Four minutes later Cuellar was defeated as Messi dropped his shoulder and then cut in from the right in style before finding the bottom corner from an amazing 20 yards.
Sporting had looked ferocious on the break and it took them just two minutes to draw level, Alex Menendez playing a brilliant ball across the box for Castro to slide it in and convert.
But just four minutes later Messi struck yet again, finishing high into the net following an intelligent cutback from Suarez.
It was nearly three almost immediately but Cuellar denied Messi a hat trick and then earned some luck as Neymar’s curled follow-up hit the far post.
After their headline-grabbing and incredible penalty at the weekend, where Messi passed for Suarez to score, Barca took the more conventional route this time but only to be denied.
Suarez did not have to wait long enough for a goal, though, and brilliantly, this time it was all his own doing as he curled home a stunning finish in the 67th minute of the Sporting vs Barcelona match.