In its first match without fans at the 99,000-capacity Camp Nou Stadium since the Spanish league was suspended because of the Covid-19, Barcelona defeated Leganés 2-0 Tuesday with a goal by Lionel Messi.
Ansu Fati also scored as Barcelona overcame a slow start against its last-place opponent to open a five-point gap to Real Madrid ahead of the rival’s home game against Valencia on Thursday.
Fati opened the scoring just before halftime and Messi converted a 69th-minute penalty for his league-leading 21st goal. It was also his 699th career goal for club and country.Messi also scored as Barcelona returned to action on Saturday with a 4-0 win at Mallorca in its first game in more than three months following the pandemic break.
“It’s important to keep winning,” Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. “It’s obvious that we still need to gain more rhythm, but we are happy to have won six points already.”
Source: Indian Express