Video: Lionel Messi scores 36th La Liga goal vs Espanyol

Lionel Messi

The Barcelona attacker netted his side’s second in a 2-0 victory in the Catalan derby yesterday.

Lionel Messi took his personal goal tally for the La Liga season to 36 yesterday, with the Barcelona attacker netting his side’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Espanyol.

Neymar slotted home the opener following a clever lofted pass by the Argentine, while the fixture at the Power8 Stadium was ended as a contest when Messi scored from a tight angle to double the visitors’ lead after 25 minutes.

There were controversial circumstances surrounding Messi’s strike, with Luis Suarez offside in the build-up but the goal still standing.

Barcelona’s win extends their lead over Real Madrid to five points at the top of the La Liga table, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side taking on Celta late on Sunday.

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