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Sports News
Messi nets 2 in record-tying 505th Liga match, Atl tico win
 
Barcelona, Feb 14 (AP) Twice a pack of Alav s defenders thought they had Lionel Messi under control. Twice Barcelona's all-time leading scorer proved them wrong.



Messi scored two screamers in his record-equaling 505th Spanish league appearance for Barcelona to help them stay in touch with leader Atl tico Madrid on Saturday.

Messi struck twice from well outside the area as Alav s was beaten 5-1. Messi matched former teammate Xavi Hern ndez's club record for the most league appearances by starting the match at Camp Nou.

Forward Francisco Trinc o also scored twice in Barcelona's win before it hosts Paris Saint-Germain in their highly anticipated Champions League clash on Tuesday.

"The game comes at a good time," coach Ronald Koeman said.

"We are on a good run and creating lots of scoring chances. They are a strong team, but so are we."

Atl tico got goals from Marcos Llorente and ngel Correa to win at Granada 2-1 and bounce back from a draw against Celta Vigo in the last round, which ended a winning run of eight consecutive rounds.

Diego Simeone's side, which has lost only once in 21 rounds, is eight points clear of Barcelona and titleholder Real Madrid.

PREPARING FOR PSG

Koeman said his team is ready for PSG, especially with Messi playing like he is.

"Leo is decisive," Koeman said.

"When we find him with our interior passing lanes, and have players on the flanks giving him options, we make it easier for him because his vision is extraordinary. But to win this tie, we need Leo and all our players playing at their best."

In preparation, Koeman rested some first-choice players and debuted midfielder Ilaix Moriba, aged 18, and started Trinc o, Riqui Puig and Junior Firpo.

Moriba made an immediate impact when he provided an assist for Trinc o to score in back-to-back league matches.

Right back scar Minguez found a hole in Alav s' disciplined defense when he reached the end-line and crossed to Moriba at the far post. Instead of shooting, Moriba laid off for Trinc o to rifle home the 29th-minute opener.

Messi took his first goal just before halftime when he cut back from the right flank and unleashed a powerful shot between two defenders that ricocheted in off the bottom of the upright.

Moriba's inexperience showed in the 57th when a poor pass was intercepted by Alav s' Luis Rioja in Barcelona's half, and he charged forward for 2-1.

Trinc o got his second goal in the 74th by picking off a rebound of goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco's save of Messi on the break.

Messi was not to be denied a minute later with another rocket from outside the box. He looked well tracked by five Alav s players as he approached the area, but a quick change of pace and a move to put the ball on his favored left foot was all he needed to drive an unstoppable shot into the corner.

Messi has eight goals in Barcelona's seven-game winning run in the league.

Firpo rounded off the rout in the 80th.

MARCHING ON

Al tico was stymied by Granada's defense until Llorente struck in the 63rd from the edge of the area.

Yangel Herrera equalized three minutes later after Atl tico's only defensive letdown when it failed to clear a corner kick.

Correa put the front-runners back on top for good in the 75th with a shot that deflected off defender Jes s Vallejo and looped in over goalkeeper Rui Silva.

Coach Diego Simeone praised Yannick Carrasco and Mario Hermoso after recovering from the coronavirus.

"Carrasco and Hermoso spent 14 days at home without playing. Do you know how difficult that is?" Simeone asked.

"I had the coronavirus and I know all the work they had to do."

Atl tico was still without infected forwards Jo o F lix, Thomas Lemar, Moussa Demb l , and midfielder H ctor Herrera.

STRONG SEVILLA

Sevilla earned a ninth consecutive win across all competitions and strengthened its hold on fourth place after Munir El Haddadi's second-half header downed Huesca 1-0.

Borussia Dortmund comes to Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Also, Eibar was held by Valladolid to 1-1.


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KERALA NEWS
Kerala has become ''fundamentalists'' own country'' under CPI(M) rule, says Sitharaman
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown
 Yangon: Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break
FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson vaccine against Covid-19 for emergency use
Syria airstrikes: President Biden protected US personnel, facilities, says White House
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NATIONAL NEWS
Army cancels recruitment exam after paper leaked
 New Delhi: The Army has cancelled an examination for pan-India recruitment of general duty personnel
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ISRO launches DRDO''s satellite Sindhu Netra
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