Win for Barça in Messi’s 400th appearanceJanuary 8, 2018
A goal each from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the first half effectively sealed the fate of Levante in Sunday afternoon’s match at Camp Nou.
The first league match of 2018 was Messi’s 400th appearance for Barça and his 365th goal in La Liga. That makes him joint record holder for goals in one of Europe’s top five leagues with Gerd Muller. Messi’s pass to Jordi Alba was returned and then put into the back of the net. Suarez scored the second towards the end of the first half.
Barcelona’s win was never really in doubt and Suarez was unlucky not to have scored again in the second half thanks to a great save. Finally Paulinho scored well inside injury time to make it three goals for Barcelona.
1-0 Messi (min 12)
2-0 Suárez (min 38)
3-0 Paulinho (min 90+3)
The result leaves the Catalans nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table. While Real Madrid has a game in hand they are lagging the leaders by a full 16 points after drawing against Celta. They now have no realistic chance of getting back into contention for the league title and at this rate might consider themselves lucky to play in Europe next year.
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