Barcelona Get Past Osasuna With Help Of Two Messi Assists

Barcelona Get Past Osasuna With Help Of Two Messi Assists

PAMPLONA, Spain: Lionel Messi provided two assists as Barcelona overcame a difficult trip to Osasuna on Saturday to win 2-0 and move to within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Messi helped Barca take the lead on the half-hour mark when he carved open Osasuna’s defence with a superb cross-field ball to Jordi Alba, who controlled before blasting into the roof of the net.

He then laid the ball off when 18-year-old midfielder Ilaix Moriba struck in the 83rd minute, producing a confident finish inside the post from outside the area to score his first goal for the club in only his third league appearance.

Barca stay second but moved on to 56 points after 26 games, two points behind Atletico Madrid who have played 24 matches and host third-placed Real Madrid on Sunday. Osasuna are 13th on 28.