Messi back in scoring business in dream start for Koeman



Daniel Parejo, Antoine Griezmann are posing for a picture: La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Villarreal


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La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona v Villarreal

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona on Sunday, leading them to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman.



a group of people playing football on a field: La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Villarreal


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La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona v Villarreal

Teenage forward Ansu Fati was in inspirational form for Barca, combining with Jordi Alba to side-foot home first time into the net in the 15th minute and then striking again four minutes later with another ice-cool finish.

Fati, the 17-year-old in his second season in Barca’s first team after a stunning rise last year from the club’s youth set-up, then won the penalty which captain Messi dispatched to score the third in the 35th.

Villarreal defender Pau Torres scored an own goal right at the end of the first

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