LaLiga: Lionel Messi’s assists arrange 2-0 win for Barcelona over Osasuna; Sevilla lose to Elche

LaLiga: Lionel Messi’s assists arrange 2-0 win for Barcelona over Osasuna; Sevilla lose to Elche

Lionel Messi arrange each targets in Pamplona as Jordi Alba hammered residence within the first half earlier than the 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba got here off the bench to curve in a formidable shot late within the second.

LaLiga: Lionel Messi's assists set up 2-0 win for Barcelona over Osasuna; Sevilla lose to Elche

Iconic ahead Lionel Messi arrange each targets for Barcelona of their away victory over Osasuna. AP

Madrid: Barcelona cranked up the stress on Sunday’s Madrid derby by beating Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday night time to edge two factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Lionel Messi arrange each targets in Pamplona as Jordi Alba hammered residence within the first half earlier than the 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba got here off the bench to curve in a formidable shot late within the second.

“Fortunately Leo gave me the move and I do not understand how I reduce in and shot with my left foot, I am simply glad it went in,” Ilaix mentioned. “I’ll always remember it, I’ll take that aim to my grave.”

Ilaix’s strike was his first aim in La Liga and one other breakthrough second for a Barca teenager, 24 hours earlier than the membership hopes a brighter future can start beneath a brand new president.

Earlier than the winner of the elections — contested by Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa — is confirmed on Sunday night time, Atletico will face Actual Madrid on the Wanda Metropolitano, the place Barcelona will certainly be hoping for something aside from a house win.

A number of weeks in the past, Ronald Koeman’s facet seemed too far adrift within the title race however 10 victories out of 11 have shot them again into competition, even when Atletico stay within the driving seat with two video games in hand.

“Any result’s good for us,” mentioned Koeman.

After coming from two targets right down to beat Sevilla after extra-time within the semi-final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Barcelona now have one trophy, and even perhaps a home double, of their sights.

Their success in current months has owed a lot to a gifted crop of kids, with Ilaix — a dynamic however technically gifted midfielder — the most recent to emerge.

“Each time he comes into the group he provides the group one thing additional,” mentioned Koeman. “Due to his character, his vitality, most of all he is good with the ball, and bodily he is a robust boy. He is gaining floor and displaying he might be extra with the primary group.”

Barca confronted some nervy moments early on as Jonathan Calleri tried an formidable lob from distance earlier than Ruben Garcia’s roller from the sting of the world required an athletic save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Messi shot large after which arrange the opener, drifting in from the precise and recognizing the scuttling Alba racing in behind on the other facet. Messi clipped a move via three Osasuna defenders for Alba to gather and he lashed it excessive and in from the angle.

Garcia deserved an equaliser quickly after for his first contact alone, a luxurious cushioning of an extended ball ahead, however Ter Stegen was once more there to disclaim the end.

There was extra management in regards to the second half however Barcelona wanted a second to make it comfy and substitute Ilaix seized his second, shaping to shoot together with his proper earlier than coolly rolling onto his left and whipping his shot into the nook.

Whereas Barcelona sustained momentum from their midweek victory within the cup, Sevilla didn’t bounce again, as an alternative sinking to a different loss away at Elche earlier on Saturday.

Raul Guti and Guido Carrillo sealed an important 2-1 win for Elche, with Luuk de Jong including a late comfort for Sevilla, who’ve now misplaced three consecutive matches in eight days.

They sit six factors forward of Actual Sociedad in fifth. Elche climb to seventeenth, two factors above the underside three.

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