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Lionel Messi nets 2 as Barcelona rebound before Juventus game

AP
Published Apr 16, 2017, 12:00 pm IST
Updated Apr 16, 2017, 12:05 pm IST
Barcelona need to overturn a 3-0 deficit with Juventus, before they face Real Madrid in the 'El Clasico' next week.
Lionel Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou. (Photo: AP)
 Lionel Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou. (Photo: AP)

Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored twice on Saturday to help Barcelona rebound from back-to-back losses and go into the next round at Real Madrid within striking distance of the Spanish league leader.

Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou, with the defending champions struggling to end a run of defeats at Malaga in the league and Juventus in the Champions League.

 

Madrid needed two goals from Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, including his 90th-minute winner, to stay three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table after prevailing 3-2 at Sporting Gijon. Madrid also have a match in hand.

Before the fierce rivals meet next round, both will play the return legs of their Champions League quarterfinals. Madrid welcome Bayern on Tuesday after winning the first leg 2-1, while Barcelona must overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Juventus on Wednesday.

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