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Lionel Messi Nets 2 In 2nd Friendly Under Ronald Koeman as Luiz Suarez, Arturo Vidal are Left Out

Barcelona’s Francisco Trincao, gestures through the pre-season pleasant soccer match between Barcelona and Girona on the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Barcelona’s Lionel netted two targets and arrange another in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona.

  • Associated Press BARCELONA
  • Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 7:01 AM IST


Lionel Messi scored his first targets of Barcelona’s preseason as coach Ronald Koeman left Luis Surez and Arturo Vidal off his workforce for a second pleasant match.

Messi netted two targets and arrange another in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona on Wednesday, Barcelonas second coaching match since Koeman took over as coach.

The targets had been additionally Messis first since his failed try to depart the membership this offseason, following a trophy-less season and the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals. Messi informed the membership he wished to depart, solely to alter his thoughts after Barcelona refused to permit him to go.

Barcelona posted a photograph on Twitter of Messi and Koeman clasping fingers when the star ahead was substituted together with most of his teammates with half an hour to go. It appeared meant to ship a message of unity between the participant and supervisor amid one of the tumultuous intervals within the golf equipment latest historical past.

Barcelona is looking for new houses for Surez and Vidal, two gamers who at 33 years outdated don’t match into Koemans plans to rejuvenate the workforce.

Spanish media reported that Vidal is near a transfer to Inter Milan. Juventus

reported curiosity in Surez seems to have cooled in latest days.

Girona supplied little resistance to Barcelonas assault, shaped by new signing Francisco Trinco, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Messi.

Messis completely positioned move despatched Trinco clear for the Portugal ahead to sq. the ball to Coutinho, who solely needed to scoop within the 20th-minute opener.

Messi doubled the lead within the 45th with a shot from exterior the realm that went in off the upright.

Samuel Saiz received Girona on the scoreboard after halftime earlier than Messi received his brace with a shot that took a deflection off a defender to idiot the Girona goalkeeper.

Barcelona received its first pleasant 3-1 towards Gimnstic de Tarragona final weekend.

Koeman may have another warm-up match towards Elche on Saturday earlier than Barcelona begins the Spanish league season towards Villarreal on Sept. 27.

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