Lionel Messi helped FC Barcelona’s 1-0 victory at the bottom of Huesca in his return. In the 27th minute, Messi, back in the team after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Eibar because of an ankle wound, served Frenkie De Jong.
Despite multiple attempts, Barca struggled to add to their tally, including two by Messi that were well saved by Huesca goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, while the hosts took the lead through on-loan Wolves striker Rafa Mir. Com/5lMTcKh89n- Barcelona FC (@FCBarcelona) January 3, 2021 The result takes the side of Ronald Koeman to fifth position – they are ten points behind Atletico Madrid champions, who have one more game than them and on Sunday won 2-1 at Alaves. As one of four changes Koeman made from the laborious draw with Eibar, Messi made his 750th appearance for Barcelona and his 500th in LaLiga. In the seventh minute, Pedri saved from Fernandez, and in the following period Messi, Pedri and Jordi Alba put the visitors under pressure, but their shots missed the target. Messi played a nice pass into the penalty area, where he played in De Jong, and the midfielder from the Netherlands finished from close range. Uh, ten names. 451 priorities. #LaLigaHistory is Leo Messi’s MATCHES. #HuescaBarça pic.twitter.com/jtXLiutDHz- LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) January 3, 2021 Messi twice tried his luck with free kicks at the end of the first half, the first attempt being well stopped by Fernandez and the second too far. Messi fired wide after an hour after Martin Braithwaite’s pass. After an hour, after a pass from Martin Braithwaite, Messi fired just past the goal. Shortly after, Huesca put Barca in trouble when Mir failed to beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen until Messi’s low shot failed to beat Fernandez’s legs. Then a shot from Javier Ontiveros was parried by Ter Stegen and attempts by substitutes Shinji Okazaki and Juan Carlos Real were also held out by the German.