Barcelona’s preparations for the new season continued with a preseason friendly win over Girona, with Lionel Messi scoring twice.
Philippe Coutinho struck the crossbar early on before giving Barca the lead midway through the first half, tapping into an empty net after brilliant link play between Messi and new signing Francisco Trincao.
Messi then doubled Barca’s advantage later in the half, spinning away from a defender to thump a shot in off the post and score for the first time since threatening to leave the club last month.
Samu Saiz scored for Girona right at the start of the second period but Barca’s captain struck again in the 50th minute, also cutting inside to shoot from outside the area but this time benefiting from a heavy deflection.
Barca play promoted La Liga side Elche in their final pre-season game on Saturday before beginning their league campaign the following weekend at home to Villarreal.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Estadi Johan Cruyff with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
The match will be televised live on Barcelona’s Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.
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