La Blaugrana have dominated in the opening stages against the Basque giants at the Camp Nou with Messi forcing a fine early stop from Unai Simon.
However, despite their early frustrations, a moment of Messi magic has forced the hosts into a deserved lead.
MAJESTIC free kick from Lionel Messi for his 650th goal! 😍
Worth every penny, right? 😉🤑 pic.twitter.com/8ck8D1eOyY
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) January 31, 2021
The Argentinian picked himself up after being fouled on the edge of the box to curl an unstoppable effort past Spanish international Simon on 21 minutes.
Barcelona came within in inches of doubling their lead on the half hour mark as centre back Ronald Araujo flashed an effort just wide of the post.
If Ronald Koeman’s side can hold on and clinch all three points against Marcelino’s in form visitors, they will leapfrog arch rivals Real Madrid into second place in the table behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
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