Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lionel Messi Scores, But 10-man Barcelona Settle For Home Draw With Girona

Lionel Messi gave Barcelona an early lead on Sunday, however the protecting Spanish victors needed to dig out from a deficit to win a point in a 2-2 draw against Girona in the wake of going down a man in the primary half and an objective in the second.

Messi opened the scoring for the hosts in the nineteenth moment, completing a beautiful go from summer select Arturo Vidal. Barca gave off an impression of being in full control of the match by then, yet the energy changed 16 minutes after the fact when safeguard Clement Lenglet — making his first begin for Barcelona — was demonstrated a red card for what the ref, after video audit, decided was a heedless elbow to the head of Girona midfielder Pere Pons.

Cristhian Stuani evened out for the guests just before the halftime shriek sounded, and he put Girona on top soon after the break with a rocket of a shot that staggered the group at the Camp Nou. Messi almost pulled the in need of help has level with free kick in the 60th moment, yet the Argentine's twisting left-footed exertion hit the crossbar.

Girona guardian Yassine Bono ceased another Messi free kick minutes after the fact. In any case, the Montreal-conceived Bono — who made nine spares previously the challenge was over — was weak to keep out Barca protector Gerard Pique's bounce back header in the 63rd moment in the wake of sparing a point-clear Luis Suarez shot that was set up flawlessly by Messi.

Barcelona kept on peppering Bono's objective with shots for the rest of the match. Be that as it may, notwithstanding controlling 68-percent of the ownership regardless of playing with 10 players for very nearly 60 minutes, the home group couldn't locate the late victor.

The draw snapped Barcelona's ideal begin to the season and left them on La Liga on objective contrast, tied on focuses with equal Real Madrid after five amusements.

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