Barcelona's Defender Nelson Semedo Out For Five Weeks With Hamstring Injury


According to, the Argentina global set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition's defensive wall at Camp Nou. Benzema had snapped a run of almost three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and was one of Real's best performers in their fifth consecutive win in all competitions.

Barca's talisman seemed determined to turn Bono's night into an ordeal and he clipped a cute free-kick under a jumping defensive wall to make it 3-1.

It was the first time Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele were named in the same starting XI by Ernesto Valverde, but there is little doubt over who remains the master.

But it was Messi who made it 2-1 after 29 minutes, when, running away from goal, he turned and shot low through the Girona defence. Messi led Suarez into the box with a pretty through ball.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted that Lionel Messi never fails to surprise him as the Argentine maestro scored twice, including a cheeky freekick, in the 6-1win over Girona.

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Girona defender Bernardo's brilliant headed clearance denied Messi and Bono then did well to keep out Suarez's shot as Barca hit the groove.

Girona won automatic promotion last May and nine La Liga wins this season had lifted them up to ninth in the table heading into the match, but the gulf in class between them and their hosts was marked. We started badly, but luckily we replied quickly.

"It's hard to get used to things like this". Just when you think you've seen everything from Messi, he surprises you, like his free kick, which looked easy but was very hard to execute. Coutinho's a player who works well inside and can shoot from outside.

La Liga confirmed via social media, that the assist set an all-time record in the top division.

Semedo is set to miss a busy run of games which includes a league game against second-place Atletico Madrid and the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Chelsea.