Lionel Messi scores a brace as Barcelona crossed the 6000-goal mark
The diminutive magician was at it again against Alaves in the season opener as Barca got off to a winning start. Lionel Messi was at the heart of every good thing that happened and he duly scored from a free kick after missing out on the first chance. Messi struck his freekick under the wall and opened his account for the season as well as setting Barcelona’s 6000th goal ever. Philippe Coutinho joined the party as he weaved past couple of players before thrashing a delectable right footer into the back of the net. At the stroke of injury time, Messi controlled a long ball turned his man and produced a simple finish to complete a 3-0 drubbing.
Alaves never looked to threaten Ter Stegen and spent most of their time ghost chasing the ball. Barcelona will look to ensure another La Liga title and will bank on Messi to play a pivotal role. The acquisition of Vidal, Malcolm, and Arthur will also play a central role.
Ronaldo’s Juventus debut wasn’t a cakewalk
Chievo saw 28,000+ fans take up the stadium for the season opener, an astonishing number if the average of previous years is considered. The hype belonged to one man; Cristiano Ronaldo, whose move to Juventus from Real Madrid had sent the Italy into delirium. Ronaldo started alongside Dybala, Douglas Costa, and Cuadrado while Bonucci was reinstated beside Chiellini following his disastrous move to Milan a season ago. Ronaldo looked fit and linked up well with Dybala and Costa, but could not find the net as Chievo almost held the Serie A winners to a 2-2 draw, but Bernadeschi scored in the injury time to snatch a win.
Juventus was far from their usual best and were all over the place defensively. Ronaldo will now fzce Lazio in the coming week, and the Old Lady fans cannot wait to see their marquee signing get on the scoresheet.
Manchester United dwarfed by Brighton Hove & Albion
In what was supposed to be an advantage for United against Brighton Hove& Albion, a side that rescued promotion last year and has been on the hinges ever since, turned out to be a wretched nightmare. Brighton scored twice in a span of 5 minutes to take 2-0 lead before Lukaku reduced the deficit. The break was thought to bring a more vibrant Mourinho tactic, but sadly they could hardly conjure anything meaningful. To pile on to their misery, Brighton was gifted a penalty, which was coolly converted, and by the end of the 90 minutes, Pogba got a chance to score a consolation goal from the spot.
Pogba didn’t hold back his feelings and accepted his side lacked hunger and attitude to win the match. When asked about Mourinho, Pogba didn’t go for mud throwing, instead he pledged to comeback with a stronger side.