Lionel MESSI saves Barcelona while Paulo DYBALA scored for Juventus.
New match, same script it appears for many Barcelona matches. With Lionel MESSI not taking part in either of Argentina’s friendly matches against Italy and Spain, the little magician was on the bench for Barcelona when they visited Sevilla on Saturday in La Liga.
With Ever BANEGA and Joaquin CORREA both starting for Sevilla, they took a 1-0 lead in the first half and doubled it five minutes into the second half. With the score at 2-0, Ernesto VALVERDE brought MESSI on and the entire match changed.
An instant impact, MESSI was involved in two plays which nearly (and should have) resulted in goals. Luis SUAREZ scored in the 88th minute to pull one back for Barcelona. One minute later, Lionel MESSI was the hero and scored from outside of the penalty area to give Barcelona a 2-2 draw.
Moving over to Italy, just like Mauro ICARDI, Paulo DYBALA was recently left out of the Argentina team and he’s back scoring. A big match against rivals AC Milan, DYBALA scored early, 8 minutes into the match in their 3-1 win. Paulo DYBALA’s shot, just like MESSI’s, was from outside of the area.
Per Opta, both Lionel MESSI and Paulo DYBALA are the players who have scored the msot goals from outside the box in Europe’s top five leagues this season. Both of them have managed 7 goals.
Argentina National Team coach Jorge SAMPAOLI will have his hands full in figuring out who gets on the plane to Russia for the World Cup and who stays in Argentina.
7 – No other player has scored more goals from outside the box than Lionel Messi in Europe’s top five leagues this season (level with Paulo Dybala). Rescuer.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 31, 2018
Lionel MESSI scores for Barcelona
🎥 | MESSI IS A GENIUS! WHAT A COMEBACK! pic.twitter.com/qkJY9qkeqq
— Barca Centre Media (@centrevid) March 31, 2018
Paulo DYBALA scores for Juventus
Pjanic breaking lines, Dybala turning and popping one from a distance.
What a goal. pic.twitter.com/kXSb4OUOib
— 10 (@Rxgista) March 31, 2018