Deportivo Deny Barca Despite Messi Brace

Lionel Messi bagged a brace as FC Barcelona drew 2-2 with Deportivo La Carouna at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.

Luis Enrique rested the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets, while Luis Suarez missed out through injury.

Messi opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute, as the Argentine met Dani Alves’ cross to head past Fabricio at the far post.

The Deportivo shot-stopper then came to his side’s rescue in the 16th minute, as he pulled off a double save to keep out Messi and Pedro Rodriguez in quick succession.

Xavi nearly got himself on the score-sheet just before the halftime break, but his effort from the edge of the area deflected inches wide of the upright.

The Catalan giants went into the halftime break comfortably leading 1-0, while goalkeeper, Joel Masip, was not tested once in the first stanza.

Barcelona eventually doubled their lead in the 59th, as Neymar broke free down the middle, before teeing up Messi for the easiest of tap-ins.

The visitors pulled one back in the 66th minute, as Lucas Perez turned well on the edge of the area before rifling the ball into the top corner, leaving Masip with no chance.

Deportivo went close to leveling matters in the 71st minute but the wood work was on hand to keep out  Medunjanin’s curling free-kick.

The visitors eventually leveled matters in the 76th minute, as Barcelona failed to deal with a loose ball, which Diogo Salomao volleyed home from 12-yards out.

Deportivo sat back for the remainder of the match to clinch the point that secured their status in La Liga, while Xavi’s final league game at the Camp Nou ends in a draw.

The Spanish midfielder got a standing ovation from the Camp Nou when he was substituted in the closing stages of the game.

By Pascal

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