Messi scores brace after missing penalty as Barcelona maintain 100 per cent record

Messi scores brace after missing penalty as Barcelona maintain 100 per cent record
Source: Wires
Date: 26-08-2017 Time: 07:08:43:pm
Lionel Messi is 14 goals off matching the record for goals scored by one player in a top-five European league (Gerd Muller, 365 for Bayern Munich)

Lionel Messi scored twice - after having a penalty saved - as Barcelona beat Alaves in La Liga.

The Argentine's first-half spot-kick was excellently saved by Fernando Pacheco after Gerard Pique was fouled.

He gave them the lead after the break when his shot from Gerard Deulofeu's ball was deflected in, and scored a second from Jordi Alba's headed pass.

Messi, who has scored a record 351 La Liga goals, had the chance for a hat-trick but his 20-yard shot hit the bar.

Barca are set to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Demeble for a fee which could rise to 147m euros (£135.5m), subject to having a medical on Monday.

They did bring on another summer signing, Paulinho, for his debut late on although the £36.4m recruit from Guangzhou Evergrande did not have time to make an impact.

Alaves, who were beaten by Barca in last season's Copa Del Rey final, brought on Enzo, the son of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, for his debut in the second half.

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