Video: Lionel Messi scores sublime goal to put Barcelona in charge at Malaga

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Barcelona took the lead for a second time in their clash with Malaga on Saturday afternoon, with Lionel Messi getting on the scoresheet after producing this wonderful effort.

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Munir El Haddadi had given the visitors the lead after just a minute, but the Catalan giants were pegged back by Arnor Juanpi’s goal as their rivals continued to push forward and threaten.

With both sides going close prior to the half-time interval, it took Messi just six minutes in the second period to get himself involved with a decisive touch to put his side back in the driving seat.

The Argentine had been on the periphery of proceedings for the most part, aside from seeing an effort blocked with an heroic last-ditch effort from Miguel Torres denying him in the closing stages of the first half.

However, it wasn’t long before he made his mark as he met Adriano’s cross having perfectly read the flight of the ball to guide his volley beyond Idriss Kameni to silence the home crowd.

Malaga will feel hard done by having put their rivals under pressure for long periods, but Barca know that a win would temporarily move them back to the top of the La Liga table ahead of the remaining fixtures this weekend.

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