Try as you might, Lionel Messi is just unstoppable sometimes. Osasuna did an admirable job keeping the Argentinian ace at bay for much of the day on Saturday but, eventually, Messi got his. He did so in typical Messi fashion, bagging a brace at El Sadar stadium. His first was delicate enough, an incisive run into the box to double Barcelona‘s lead.
His second was a thing of beauty, though, leaving a gaggle of defenders in his wake.
No, the Osasuna defense wasn’t forced to put on roller skates in the second half. That’s just Messi skipping around like a kid playing hopscotch, putting paid professionals on the ground with reckless abandon. By the time he’s done shredding three Osasuna defenders Messi has only the keeper to beat. It’s a foregone conclusion at that point.
The win pushed Barcelona provisionally within three points of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table.