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Barcelona 4-1 Huesca: Lionel Messi equals Xavi’s Barcelona appearance record

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Lionel MessiLionel Messi has scored 661 goals in 767 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions since making his debut in 2004

Lionel Messi scored twice and made another on the day he equalled Xavi's record for most Barcelona appearances.

Messi was playing for Barca for the 767th time and his curled double, along with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza, helped his side to a comfortable win over struggling Huesca.

Rafa Mir scored a controversial penalty for Huesca at the end of the first half, but Barca cruised to the victory.

They move second in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

The 33-year-old Argentina forward has won La Liga 10 times and the Champions League on four occasions among 34 trophies since he made his competitive debut as a substitute in a 1-0 away derby win against Espanyol on 16 October 2004.

Messi, whose contract expires at the end of this season, will break former Spain midfielder Xavi's record on Sunday if he plays in the league game at Real Sociedad.

Relive Barcelona's win over Huesca as it happenedBarcelonaBarcelona displayed a painted banner of Messi and Xavi together with the words 'touching the sky' at the Nou Camp

Barcelona were knocked out in the last 16 of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain on Wednesday but still have hopes of winning a domestic league and cup double.

Against bottom-of-the-table Huesca, Messi scored after 13 minutes with a fine, left-footed curled effort from outside the penalty area before Griezmann added an almost identical goal 22 minutes later.

Huesca had lost 8-2 at the Nou Camp in 2018, but were given a fortunate way back into the game when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was adjudged to have fouled Huesca's Mir.

The striker, on loan from Wolves, converted the penalty, but the hosts restored their two-goal lead when Mingueza headed his first goal for the club following Messi's cross from the left wing.

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Mir had a chance to make it 3-2 but somehow chested the ball over the bar from only a few yards out. Messi grabbed his second goal of the night, and his 661st for Barcelona, with another curled, left-footed shot from distance in stoppage time.

The win takes Barcelona, who have already reached the Copa del Rey final, above Real Madrid and into second with 11 league games of the season remaining.

Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 3-4-2-1

1ter Stegen28Mingueza21de Jong15Lenglet2Dest5Busquets16González18Alba10Messi7Griezmann11Dembélé1ter Stegen28Mingueza21de JongSubstituted forAraujoat 63'minutes15Lenglet2DestSubstituted forKourouma Kouroumaat 69'minutes5Busquets16GonzálezSubstituted forPuigat 85'minutes18Alba10Messi7GriezmannSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 69'minutes11DembéléSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 85'minutes

Substitutes

4Araujo8Pjanic9Braithwaite12Puig13Murara Neto17Machado Trincão19Fernandes Siqueira23Umtiti24Firpo27Kourouma Kourouma36Tenas

Huesca

Formation 5-3-2

1Fernández3Maffeo14Pulido18Siovas4Ínsua11Galán Gil7Ferreiro2Doumbia17Rico23Escriche9Mir1Fernández3MaffeoSubstituted forLópezat 78'minutes14Pulido18Siovas4ÍnsuaBooked at 60minsSubstituted forVavroat 78'minutes11Galán Gil7FerreiroSubstituted forOntiverosat 78'minutes2DoumbiaSubstituted forSeoaneat 60'minutes17Rico23EscricheBooked at 48minsSubstituted forGómezat 60'minutes9Mir

Substitutes

5Mosquera6Ramírez10Gómez12Okazaki13Fernández15Ontiveros19López20Seoane21Real24García25VavroReferee:Adrián Cordero Vega

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamHuescaPossessionHome69%Away31%ShotsHome12Away8Shots on TargetHome5Away4CornersHome7Away3FoulsHome8Away13

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    Match ends, Barcelona 4, Huesca 1.

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