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  • Updated: January 04, 2021

La Liga: Barca Narrowly Scrape 1-0 Away Win At Huesca In Messi's 500th Game

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Barcelona edged narrowly past La Liga's bottom-placed club Huesca 1-0  with Frenkie de Jong goal assisted by Lionel Messi in his 500th league appearance for the club.

AllNews understands that the win takes Barca above Sevilla into fifth place in the standings on 28 points, 10 behind leaders Atletico Madrid who also defeated Alaves 2-1.

Dutch midfielder De Jong arrived at the far post to meet a Messi cross and score on the volley in the 27th minute to give the visitors a deserved lead after a rampant start.

Ronald Koeman's side failed to take their many other chances and in the end, were made to sweat for all three points.

Huesca could have leveled in the second half when the ball trickled across Barca's area, and striker Rafa Mir directed a backheel at goal but the shot lacked power as keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made the save despite seeing the ball late.

"It's evident we need to kill off our opponents in games like these; we suffered too much in the end," said Barca keeper Ter Stegen.

"But these are three very important points, we had to suffer for them and games like this are very important when you want to win the title.

"They hacked us a bit in the first and second half and we weren't able to take our chances but we stayed focused throughout."

READ ALSO: La Liga: Barcelona Without Messi Loses Points With Draw VS Eibar

Barca had been held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Eibar in their last match and had also lost Philippe Coutinho to a serious knee injury but they could at least welcome back Messi, who had missed that match with an ankle problem.

The Argentine looked slightly off the pace in his milestone league match and wildly missed the target with a left-footed volley in the first half when the best option would have been to take it with his right.

He made amends with a clever piece of play for the only goal of the game - picking out De Jong with a sensational, curling cross.

Messi came close to scoring himself late in the first half with a free-kick but Huesca keeper Alvaro Fernandez got across to tip his shot over the crossbar.

It was a needed win and points for Barcelona who is in need of a lift however it comes as they continue to drift off the La Liga title race.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Lionel Messi
Lionel
Messi
AR Argentina
  • HEIGHT

    169cm

  • WEIGHT

    72kg

  • AGE

    34

Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie
de Jong
NL Netherlands (the)
  • HEIGHT

    180cm

  • WEIGHT

    74kg

  • AGE

    25

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Barcelona
Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça is a Spanish professional football club base...

Spain
Spain

Spain national football team has represented Spain in international men's football competition since 1920. It is governed by the R...

Huesca
Huesca

Huesca is a Spanish football club in Huesca, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Huesca played in the 2018-2019 season in La Liga before ...

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