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    Messi, Suarez and Neymar star as Barcelona sweep aside Villarreal



    Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions this season to help Barcelona keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league's tight title race on Saturday.

    Neymar and Luis Suarez also struck in a 4-1 victory over Villarreal that increased the combined goal tally of Barcelona's trio of star strikers to 102 goals in the campaign.

    Barcelona's fifth straight win gave then three more points than Madrid before the latter visited relegated Granada later on Saturday.

    Barca still lead Real Madrid at the top of the table courtesy of their superior head-to-head record, but Zinedine Zidane's side have a game in hand and need just two wins and a draw from their remaining three games to clinch a first title since 2012.

    Villarreal, who had only conceded 10 times on the road prior to this fixture, proved to be a tough nut to crack in the early stages.

    Messi was presented with Barca's first real sight of goal after 20 minutes when Alvaro Gonzalez handled at the edge of the box, but the Argentine blazed his free kick over the bar.

    The hosts finally broke Villarreal's resistance moments later. Messi found space inside the box and fired across a sea of defenders and picked out Neymar, who took a touch before slotting past Andres Fernandez. Replays suggested that the Brazilian looked to be in an offside position.

    Miscommunication between goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Gerard Pique almost saw the visitors gifted an equaliser as the defender deflected a cross onto the crossbar.

    Fran Escriba's side responded after 31 minutes as Bakambu raced onto Roberto Soldado's through ball before keeping his composure to fire past Ter Stegen and score his seventh goal in six games.

    Pique could only glance his header wide after Messi's cross while Soldado should have given Villarreal the lead with the goal at his mercy as both sides looked to gain a stronghold before the break.

    But on the stroke of half-time, a moment of brilliance from Messi saw the hosts regain the lead. The Barca talisman skipped past the challenge of Rodri before slotting the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box, with a slight deflection leaving Fernandez wrong-footed in the Villarreal goal.

    Barca continued on the front foot as Iniesta's sublime pass found the run of Digne but the defender lashed over the bar.

    As the visitors looked to attack, a ruthless break saw the Catalans take a 3-1 lead. Sergi Roberto played through Suarez who created space before blasting past Fernandez and putting the game out of reach.

    Jaume Costa's handball in the box gave Messi the chance to make it 51 goals this season and the Argentinian obliged with a Panenka nine minutes from time to extend their advantage in the title race.

    Messi increased his league-leading haul to 35 goals, followed by Suarez's 27.
    Last edited by Alpsky; 05-07-2017 at 07:43 PM.

  2. #2
    Bar gg lift la liga season 2017 title

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    Neymar ordered to stand trial for corruption

    Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday.

    The National Court also ordered Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell to be sent to trial over Neymar's transfer from Santos in 2013, accused both of corruption and fraud.

    An initial court statement had said Neymar and his parents were also accused of fraud, but a detailed court document seen later by AFP revealed the trio have only been charged with "business corruption."

    The two clubs, Barcelona and Brazil's Santos, have also been ordered to stand trial for fraud.

    Neymar's arrival from Brazil's Santos has been a huge success for the Spanish champions on the pitch but a judicial nightmare off it.

    The 25-year-old striker is being investigated in Brazil and Spain over his headline move to La Liga.

    The case initiated with a complaint from Brazilian investment company DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar's sporting rights at the time of his transfer.

    DIS received just 6.8 million euros -- 40 percent of the 17 million euros fee paid to Santos -- with the company claiming it was cheated out of its real share because part of the transfer fee was concealed by Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family.

    The court suspects Santos was actually paid 25 million euros, which would mean DIS was cheated out of 3.5 million euros.

    Barcelona originally published the transfer figure as 57.1 million euros ($62.6 million), with 40 million euros of that given to the player's family and the rest to Santos.

    - Jail term sought -

    DIS has called for five-year sentences for Neymar and his parents, who acted as the player's representatives, eight years for Rosell and Bartomeu plus a mammoth 195-million-euro fine for Barca.

    Spanish prosecutors have recommended that Neymar be handed a two-year jail sentence and fined 10 million euros.

    Sentences of two years or less are habitually suspended for first time offenders in Spain.

    However, DIS also recommended that Neymar be banned from playing football during any judicial sentence.

    In July 2016 a judge ruled that irregularities in the transfer were detected, but said it was an issue for a civil court, not a criminal court to settle.

    But prosecutors successfully argued the player and his father were aware of potentially fraudulent dealings between Barcelona and Santos to the detriment of DIS to fully overturn that decision.

    The decision to order Neymar to stand trial is another blow to the image of the Spanish giants and the player himself.

    Barcelona hoped to bring an end to the murky affair when the club agreed to pay a 5.5-million-euro fine in a deal with prosecutors in June to settle a separate case and ensure the club avoided trial on tax-evasion charges over the transfer.

    - Messi sentenced -

    Neymar is far from the only Barca star to find himself embroiled in problems with the Spanish authorities.

    Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and his father were given 21-month suspended jail sentences in July 2016 for tax fraud relating to the player's image rights.

    Barca's Argentine defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud earlier this year.

    The off-field upheaval hasn't affected Barca, Neymar's signing being an undoubted sporting success as he has formed one of the most fearsome strike partnerships of all-time with Messi and Luis Suarez.

    Barca have won back-to-back Spanish league and Cup doubles with the trio and won the Champions League in 2015.

    Neymar signed a bumper new deal with the club to extend his contract until 2021 in July 2016 despite admitting he held talks with Paris Saint-Germain amidst interest from a host of top European clubs.

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    Messy and Neymar you both are my one true love. You just god of soccer. A punter always loves to do soccer betting in your favor while you are in the team.

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    hope messi WILL join EPL soon

 

 

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