DBasia.news – Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona after ending a heated conflict over his future. This moment occurred in the trial match against Girona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium, Thursday (17/9) in the morning WIB.
In that match, Barcelona won 3-1. The Blaugrana's three winning goals were scored by Messi (2 goals) and Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona broke the deadlock in the 21st minute through Coutinho's cheat. This goal cannot be separated from the role of Messi who provides a key pass to Trincao.
Towards the end of the first half, Messi doubled the lead through a spectacular goal. His hard shot from outside the penalty box hit Girona's goalpost before finally entering.
Interestingly, the goal was scored with the right foot. This is a rare sight because the 33-year-old player is left-handed.
Messi scored again when the second half was five minutes. This time, his hard left foot shot outwitted the goalkeeper Girona because he had a turn after hitting the body of the opposing defender.
Messi played a total of 63 minutes in the match against Girona. He was later replaced by Ousmane Dembele.
The performance shown by Messi certainly satisfied Ronald Koeman as the coach. La Pulga seems to have completely forgotten the conflict with Barcelona officials and is focused on the field.
The match against Girona is the second time Messi has appeared under Koeman's tutelage. Previously he played 45 minutes as Barcelona beat Gimnastic also 3-1.
Koeman himself is reluctant to give excessive praise to Messi. He prefers to comment on the overall team performance.
“In terms of fitness, the kids are much stronger now. They are able to devour intense physical training sessions so they can now play for 60 minutes, ”said Koeman after the match.
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