Argentine magician Lionel Messi scored two goals with which he led his team Barcelona to overturn a zero-1 trail in front of Athletic Bilbao, to a precious and deserved 3-2 victory over the Basque team today, Wednesday, in a postponed match of the second phase of the Spanish Football League.
Barcelona, who achieved their ninth victory in the tournament during the current and second season in a row, rose to 31 points from 17 games to advance to third place, five points behind their arch-rivals Real Madrid (the defending champion), the second-place holder, who played the same number Of the matches, the Catalans are seven points behind Atletico Madrid (leaders), who played only 15 games.
In contrast, Athletic Bilbao, who lost their ninth loss in the competition this season, stopped at 21 points from 18 games in ninth place. The initiative came from Bilbao, who came early with a surprise goal bearing Inaki Williams’s signature in the third minute, but Pedri quickly equalized for Barcelona in the 14th minute. Messi ensured that Barcelona scored the second and third goals in the 38th and 62nd minutes, respectively, to score the first double in his career with Team in the tournament during the new year.
Messi raised his scoring tally in the competition this season to nine goals, to share the top scorer in the tournament with Luis Suarez, Gerard Moreno, and Iago Aspas, the stars of Atlético, Villarreal, and Celta Vigo, respectively.
Bilbao ignited the match in the last moments, after reducing the difference in the 90th minute through Ikar Muniain, so that the home team tried to equalize in calculated time instead of lost for the second half, to no avail.