Mallorca vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi inspired Catalan to 4-0 win

Mallorca vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi inspired Catalan to 4-0 win

- Mallorca vs Barcelona La Liga clash ended in a 4-0 win away from home

- A goal each from Messi, Alba, Vidal and Braithwaite handed the Catalans the victory

- Messi has now become the first player to score 20 or more goals La Liga goals in 12 consecutive seasons.

Barcelona stretched their leadership on the Spanish League table to five points above Real Madrid following their emphatic 4-0 win over Mallorca at the Estadio de Son Moix earlier this weekend.

It was Arturo Vidal who got the Catalans ahead barely two minutes after kickoff with a timely header from a Jordi Alba's cross from the left flank in their first game since the middle of March.

All football activities had been compulsorily suspended owing to the ravaging effect of deadly coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Chilean fought his way into position despite being challenged by one of the opponent's defenders to give his side the lead.

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Barca doubled their lead in the 37th minute with a roof-top shot from close range while Lionel Messi was responsible for the assist.

Coach Quique Setien's men took their two goals advantage into the dressing room as Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept a clean sheet in the half.

Having returned to the pitch for the remainder of the encounter, neither side could find the back of the net until the 79th minute when Spanish defender Jordi Alba got his chance.

The left-back combined well with his captain towards the left flank before driving into the danger zone and launching his attack which went straight for the back of the net.

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His goal increased the visitor's tally to three with about 11 minutes to wrap up their first encounter in over three months.

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However, Lionel Messi would not allow the match to end without recording his name on the scores sheet.

The 32-year-old who already provided two assists in the same game also enjoyed the same service but from injury returnee Luis Suarez as they capped up the game with a stunning 4-0 win.

Regardless of the outcome of Real Madrid's game on Sunday, Barcelona will remain atop of the table - it is now left to be seen if Los Blancos will reduce their lead to 2 points or they keep the five they have at the moment.

The late minute strike took Messi's tally to 20 La Liga goals this season and the Argentine became the first player to score 20 or more goals in the Spanish League. earlier reported that Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze was instrumental for Villarreal as he came off the bench to help his side to a vital away win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish La Liga.

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It was a five-star performance for the youngster who came off the bench to replace Gerard Moreno in the 58th minute to propel his side to steal all three points away from home.

Chukwueze almost scored a superlative goal late on when he navigated through the entire defence of the opposition as he glides past three defenders before his shot bounced off the goalkeeper after he rounded him.

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