Lionel Messi makes 500 appearances in the Spanish league

Lionel Messi made the latest achievement in the Huesca vs Barcelona match. The Blaugrana captain has played his 500th match in the Spanish league.

Messi appeared as a starter when Barcelona visited Huesca’s headquarters at the Estadio Al Acoraz. In the 27th minute, La Pulga provides an assist for the visitors’ goal scored by Frenkie de Jong.

The Dutch player’s goal was the only goal that was created until the match ended. Barcelona closed the match with a 1-0 win.

There is a special achievement for Lionel Messi in the Huesca vs Barcelona match. The 33-year-old superstar has now made 500 appearances in the Spanish League.

This number makes Messi now the second Barcelona player to play in LaLiga. Launching a report from the US, the Argentine player only lost to Xavi Hernandez, who has made 505 appearances throughout his career.

Not only that, Messi has also explored his 750th appearance for Barcelona in the official arena. La Pulga is now only 17 games away to match Xavi’s record (767) as the Blaugrana player with the most official matches.

Since making his debut for Barcelona in 2003, Messi has played 500 games in the Spanish League, 147 in the Champions League, 75 in the Copa del Rey, 19 in the Spanish Super Cup, five in the Club World Cup and four in the European Super Cup.

In those 750 matches, Lionel Messi has scored 644 goals for Barcelona. This number earned him the title as the player with the most goals at a club in history.

Barcelona Begins to Return to Its Habitat

Barcelona – Barcelona won a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad in the La Liga match at Camp Nou. This incision made El Barca slowly begin to return to the top of the La Liga standings.

Playing at home, the Blaugrana fell behind first after Willian Jose broke into Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal in the 27th minute. However, after that Barcelona was able to show a revival.

After equalizing thanks to Jordi Alba’s beautiful goal in the 31st minute, Barcelona turned ahead with Frenkie de Jong’s goal in the 43rd minute despite being ruled out and then again approved by VAR.

Several important points can also be taken from the victory that Barcelona won when they hosted Real Sociedad. The following is a full review.

Ronald Koeman’s Fruit Tactic

Unlike the previous matches, in this match Ronald Koeman installed a 4-3-3 formation and made Frenkie de Jong more active in helping attacks.

Barcelona also appeared very dominant, especially in the first half. Although they conceded, the hosts were able to turn things around before halftime.

Interestingly, Barcelona’s two goals were born not from their attackers, but from Jordi Alba who was active in helping the attack from the left side and De Jong who now plays more up.

Jordi Alba’s Slick Performance

One of the main factors why Barcelona was able to beat Sociedad was due to the impressive performance shown by Jordi Alba on the left side.

In addition to scoring goals with a curved shot using his right foot, Alba also played a role in sending a crossing which was perfected into a second goal by De Jong.

Alba was also active in terrorizing the Sociedad defense and almost providing an assist in the second half. Unfortunately Antoine Griezmann’s final finish failed to become a goal.

Lionel Messi the Inspirator

Even though he did not list his name on the scoreboard. Lionel Messi remained the inspiration for Barcelona’s victory through his good performance throughout the match.

Messi, who moved more from the second line. Repeatedly put the Sociedad defense at a loss when trying to stop La Pulga’s movement.

Judging from the statistics, Messi is very impressive with four successful dribbles, and fired three shots and two key passes.

Impressive Back Line Duet

In this match, Koeman made a bold and surprising decision by installing a pair of young defenders at the back, namely Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza.

Amazingly, Araujo and Mingueza also succeeded in paying Koeman’s trust through their convincing and solid performance in matches against teams that rely on high pressing.

Araujo himself was believed to play for the full 90 minutes. While Mingueza appeared until the 79th minute before being replaced by Clement Lenglet.

Back on the Champion’s Path

The victory over Sociedad propelled Barcelona to fifth in the La Liga standings with a value of 20. The Blaugrana are still six points behind the top three teams.

Barcelona clearly has a very open opportunity to poke back into the top flight and enliven the championship competition.

After hobbling at the start of the season. Barcelona are now starting to find their way and are ready to reclaim the La Liga trophy from Real Madrid.

Neymar Carved This History in the Champions League

Paris – Neymar hat-trick inspired Paris St. Germain thrashed Istanbul Basaksehir 5-1. The Brazilian football superstar also wrote his name in the history book of the Champions League.

PSG and Basaksehir continued their matchday 6 at Parc des Princes. Which was delayed due to alleged racism from a match referee, on Thursday (10/12/2020). Neymar scored three goals in 50 minutes, which ensured PSG qualify for the last 16 as Group H.

Two other PSG goals were contributed by Kylian Mbappe while Baksehir’s only reply was created by Mehmet Topal at the start of the second half. With this result, Les Parisiens ended the top group stage with 12 points. Same as RB Leipzig below but PSG won head to head on away goals.

Meanwhile, his two goals against Basaksehir made Neymar have already collected 20 goals for PSG in the Champions League. Overall the former Barcelona man has scored 41 career goals in this competition since 2013.

Opta’s statistics suggest that Neymar is setting a record that has never been recorded by the two phenomenal players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He became the first player in Champions League history to score at least 20 goals in a season for two different teams. Prior to PSG, Neymar managed to contribute 20 goals for Barcelona.

“We have won three points after three games. It was three finals in front of our eyes, we were almost eliminated,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel after the match quoted by the Sun. “We gain confidence through showing our quality and capacity.

“My team should appear like this. I am very happy to be the leader of this team,” he added regarding the performance of Neymar cs.

8 Data and Facts on Draw Results of Inter vs Shakhtarin the Champions League

Inter Milan failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League after only a draw with Shakhtar Donetsk. Here are the notes behind the Inter vs Shakhtar match.

The Inter vs Shakhtar duel at the Giuseppe Meazza on matchday 6 of Group B, Thursday (10/12/2020) early morning WIB, did not produce a winner. The two teams drew 0-0.

With this result, Inter must bury their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League. The Nerazzurri have been eliminated after becoming Group B caretaker with six points from six matches.

Shaktar himself was thrown into the Europa League after finishing third with eight points. Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach went to the last 16 of Group B.

There are a number of negative notes that Inter have made through this failure. One of them is a bad history where Inter finished for the first time as caretaker in the Champions League group phase.

In addition, Inter Milan also did not record a win at home in the Champions League group phase this season. Three Champions League games at the Giuseppe Meazza this season have ended in two draws and one defeat for Inter.

The following are data and facts from the Inter vs Shakhtar match as summarized by Opta:

  • Inter failed to win a single home game in the Champions League group stage for the first time in this competition.
  • Inter end the group stage at the bottom of the table for the first time in the Champions League.
  • Both Inter and Shakhtar encounters in this season’s Champions League ended 0-0. Prior to this season, the Nerazzurri went through 42 matches in this competition without a 0-0 draw (since September 2009 vs Barcelona).
  • Inter have been hit at the post seven times in the Champions League this season. A record this season, the same as Real Madrid.
  • Inter have fired 20 shots in this match, their best streak in a single Champions League match since December 2018 (23 vs PSV).
  • For the first time since October 2003 (vs Lokomotiv Moscow). Inter have fired at least 20 shots but failed to score in the Champions League.
  • Inter last night fielded the youngest starting XI (27 years 89 days) in a Champions League match since September 2004 (26 years 287 days) against Anderlecht.
  • Lautaro Martinez played last night his 100th match for Inter Milan in all competitions.