July 19, 2020 / 5:00 PM / 20 days ago

Soccer-Messi brace gives Barca therapeutic 5-0 final day win

VITORIA GASTEIZ, Spain, July 19 (Reuters) - Barcelona ended their disappointing La Liga campaign on a high as Lionel Messi scored twice in a resounding 5-0 win at Alaves on Sunday, easing the pain of last week’s shock defeat by Osasuna.

Teenage forward Ansu Fati put Barca in front midway through the first half after the visitors had hit the woodwork three times, while Messi and strike partner Luis Suarez further stretched their lead before halftime.

Defender Nelson Semedo scored a fourth early in the second half before Messi struck again, scoring his 25th league goal of the season which is almost certain to land him the top scorer’s award for a record seventh time.

Barca finished the season second in the standings on 82 points, four behind champions Real Madrid who visit Leganes later on Sunday. Alaves are 16th on 39. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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