Lionel Messi led his FC Barcelona squad to another victory in La Liga as el blaugrana defeated Real Zaragoza 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. With the win, Barcelona have now earned 34 out of 36 points possible and matched the 1991-92 Real Madrid team for the best start after 12 games in Liga history.
Messi missed a golden chance to give the home side the early lead within two minutes when he missed putting the Jordi Alba cross into the back of the net. Messi made up for his miss in the 16th minute as Alba found Leo again–this time just outside the box—and Messi puts a great first touch on the ball and slide it past Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto for the 1-0 lead.
Zaragoza nearly found the equalizer in the 22nd minute as a cross just missed the feet of Paco Montañes. But just two minutes later, Montañes got his goal as Martin Montoya did not clear the ball out well off a Zaragoza corner kick and the ball landed at the feet of Paco who slammed it past Victor Valdés for the equalizer.
Just four minutes later, Barça regained the lead as Messi drove left inside the box, which lead the Zaragoza defenders towards him, and Leo passed it to a wide-open Alex Song who made his first goal as a member of el blaugrana and gave Barcelona the lead again.
Victor Rodriguez nearly tied the game in the 30th minute, but his shot just went left of Valdés. Franco Zuculini nearly had a golazo in the 41st minute, but like Rodriguez’s shot, it too went wide left.
The second half got off a bit slow for Tito Vilanova’s men until the 60th minute when Montoya found Messi just outside the box. Leo curled a low shot from the half moon atop the penalty box and in to grab a brace on the night.
With his second goal of the night, Messi scored his 186th career Liga goal and has joined Carlos Santillana in 9th place in the all-time Liga scoring record.
Later in the game, Andrés Iniesta just missed making it 4-1 when his shot hit the crossbar. Barcelona stopped the few opportunities Zaragoza had in the second half and grabbed the 3-1 victory.
FINAL: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Zaragoza
Let’s look at the three most important points about FC Barcelona's win over Real Zaragoza.