Lionel Messi scored twice and got a record-breaking assist in a 5-0 Barcelona win against Alaves. The Catalans finish the season with a dominating win. The match had no effect on the season after Real Madrid sealed the title on previous matchday. Barcelona looked to end the season on a strong note and that is exactly what they did.
Lionel Messi registered his 21 assists of the season as he passed Xavi’s record for most assist in La Liga. He equalled his former teammate’s tally of 20 in the last match and broke it today. Messi’s two goals today also takes him close to his 7th Pichichi award as his tally goes to 25. Benzema is behind him on 21 who faces Leganes later in the day.
Alaves were no match for the Barcelona side as they ended the match with no shots on target. Barcelona’s disappointment of not defending their title was clearly seen as they looked motivated from the start. The away side struck the post thrice in the space of 30 mins as Puig, Vidal and Messi all came close to open the scoring.
Barcelona finally got their 1st after Fati was in the right place to tuck away Messi’s record-breaking assist. It was then Messi’s turn to get on the scoresheet with Puig the provider. The Argentine slotted from close range to double the advantage.
Vidal came close to adding a third as his shot was parried away by Roberto. However, Barcelona did go to halftime with a 3-0 lead as Suarez grabbed a goal after Alba teed him up. It was a one-sided first half with more to follow in the next 45.
Nelson Semedo added a 4th, 10 minutes into the second half as Alaves went to damage control mode. It was Puig’s second assist of the day. Lionel Messi put salt to the wounds as he got his 25th goal of the season following a cross by Alba. In the process, Alba registered his second assist of the night. Alaves missed a good chance to pull one back late on as Joselu failed to convert.
Barcelona ended their 19-20 campaign with a resounding win with more of the same expected in the upcoming Champions League tie. Alaves meanwhile had nothing to fight for in this match as they confirm yet another season in the top division. Barcelona meanwhile would turn their focus on the tie against Napoli.
The Champions League is the only hope for a title this season. Setien would hope to be in charge of the team when next season starts, as his first campaign in charge, ends in disappointment.