Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Messi scored and get injured in Barcelona's win over Almeria!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Messi scored and get injured in Barcelona's win over Almeria!

Lionel Messi scored before being substituted due to injury to help Barcelona win 2-0 at Almeria on Saturday and set a club record with a seventh straight victory to start the Spanish league.

Messi netted his league-leading eighth goal to open in the 21st minute, but he asked to be replaced eight minutes later after hurting a muscle in his right leg.Adriano sealed the result in the 56th from a pass by Cesc Fabregas while Messi watched from the bench.

Messi's injury leaves him in doubt for Tuesday's Champions League match at Celtic.
It wasn't the most impressive performance but in the end Barcelona were able to take three points from Almeria and remain perfect on the season.

While Barcelona may be missing Messi for the vacation to Glasgow, it should have Neymar well rested after the striker didn't play a minute at Juegos Mediterraneos Stadium.

Barcelona's first-year coach Gerardo Martino has guided Barcelona to its best begin in 82 leagues. Five other managers, including Pep Guardiola (2009-10) and predecessor Tito Vilanova (2012-13), had reached six wins.

"I have only latched on to one of the records that these players have broken and continue to crack,'' said Martino. "They have been doing so for years both individually and as a team. The fact that I formed a part of this one is circumstantial.''

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