Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lionel Messi reaches 100th European goal

Barcelona star man Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as he ensured that 10-man Barcelona defeated Olympiakos 3-1 at the Nou Camp in the Champions League. Dimitris Nikolaou turned the ball into his own net in a first half dominated by the hosts, but one which was blemished by the dismissal of Gerard Pique for a second bookable offence.
With a man down Barcelona continued to impose themselves on the game, as Messi first scored a free-kick, before assisting Lucas Digne for the third. Barcelona dominated from the opening whistle, as Olympiakos set out to limit the damage that would inevitably be inflicted on them at the Nou Camp.
The hosts had all the possession and numerous chances, but it took Olympiakos' Nikolaou to divert a well-struck Gerard Deulofeu cross into his own net after 18 minutes to hand the hosts the lead.
Messi reached his milestone after he was the victim of a crude foul from Nikolaou 25 yards from goal. The Argentine then stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and into the net, despite the efforts of the goalkeeper.

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