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Record-breaking Lionel Messi assists Barcelona to 6-1 humiliation of Girona

01 March, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Coutinho is developing an understanding with the front two and was involved in a lovely move where Messi sent him through before he squared the ball to Luis Suarez, who eventually went onto score a hattrick. He's also set to miss league fixtures against Atletico Madrid, Las Palmas and Malaga, along with Espanyol in the Copa Del Rey.

The target to beat is Real Sociedad's 1979/80 season, where the La Liga side went on to go 38 games unbeaten between April of '79 to May of 1980, which means Barcelona still have six games before they break that record for a run that extends beyond one season.

Despite being nearly unplayable for the 90 minutes, the 30-year-old stunned his teammates with his second goal of the game - a free-kick that was intentionally struck under the jumping wall.

They comfortably overcame Girona at the Nou Camp on Sunday thanks to a hat-trick from Luis Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi.

Messi nearly put Barcelona ahead after 19 minutes after Suarez had picked him out in the box. Then when you see it happen you think 'ah, of course.' Leo makes it look easy, but it isn't easy.

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"Leo is awesome", Coutinho told Movistar.

Suarez completed his hat-trick in the 76th, tapping in a cut-back from Ousmane Dembele. "He fooled everyone with his goal from the free kick under the wall". Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he's very important for us.

Philippe Coutinho had his moment to shine after Suarez's second goal when he curled home a brilliant strike from outside the area to make it 5-1 in the 66th.

"Both [Coutinho and Dembele] are players we have high hopes for", Valverde added. We want to do the best we can,"he said. Karim played very well and he deserved to score as he contributed so much in our build-up play", Zidane told a news conference.

Barcelona ended the game with 10 men as Semedo was forced off with injury after Valverde had already made his substitutions.

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