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Lionel Messi scores double against Real Sociedad

Lionel Messi scores double against Real Sociedad

Luis Enrique's men trail leader Real Madrid by three points ahead of next week's Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu, but the capital side does have a game in hand.

Barca then restored their two-goal lead two minutes later as Messi turned provider to play in Paco Alcacer, who slotted home from close.

Barcelona were looking to recover from the 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus which came on the back of last weekend's unexpected loss at Malaga, where Brazil forward Neymar was sent off and so handed a three-match domestic ban.

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Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a header from Willian Jose and Inigo Martinez was first to the loose ball, which he pulled across goal and it cannoned in off defender Samuel Umtiti.

However Barcelona scored nearly immediately, as Paco Alcacer restored their two-goal advantage when Paco Alcacer netted just his fourth goal of the season, with a well-taken left footed strike into the bottom corner.

7 - Lionel Messi has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season.

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With 17 minutes on the clock, Messi stepped up to give his side the lead with an emphatic low strike from the edge of the area that fizzed past Geronimo Rulli on its way into the net.

Yuri Berchiche fired over when well placed in stoppage time, while and Suarez was denied by Rulli's legs at the other end as Barca ultimately got the job done.

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