Messi scores stunner as hosts close gap on leaders Real
Barcelona moved to second in La Liga as Lionel Messi’s expertly-taken free-kick helped them to a 4-1 win against Almeria at the Nou Camp.
The Argentine struck after 24 minutes to put the hosts 2-0 ahead, adding to Alexis Sanchez’s close-range opener.
Angel Trujillo pulled one back for the visitors with a free header in the first half but late goals from Carles Puyol and Xavi sealed the win for Gerard Martino’s side.
Strong start: Neymar (left) congratulates Alexis Sanchez (right) after the Chilean’s opening goal
Jumping for joy: Carles Puyol celebrates scoring from close-range to make it 3-1
On target: Xavi bends home his side’s fourth goal of the night from outside the box
All smiles: Messi (right) celebrates his goal with team-mate Xavi (left)
In control: Neymar brings the ball down with aplomb as Barcelona break forward
Under pressure: Barca captain Puyol (right) chases down Almeria forward Rodri (left)
Flexible: Alves (right) challenges Almeria keeper Suarez for the ball with an unusually high foot
On the stretch: Messi launches himself to reach the ball during the second half
Source : Daily Mail