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Messi hits 300

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Monday, February 18, 2013

MADRID - Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura hailed Lionel Messi after the Argentine's double helped his side come from a goal down to beat Granada 2-1 on Saturday.

Messi's first goal was also his 300th in a Barcelona jersey and Roura was particularly relieved for his efficiency in front of goal on a night when some of his teammates had passed up a number of clear chances.

"What am I going to say? It is something extraordinary," he told reporters.

"To score 301 goals I think is incredible and, in this game, when we lacked cutting edge he helped us."

Odion Ighalo had prodded Granada into a shock lead with virtually their first attack of the game, but Messi's moment arrived five minutes into the second period as he pounced after Tono had failed to hold Cesc Fabregas' effort.

And soon after the Argentine had his 301st goal as he curled home a sumptuous free-kick.

Roura had taken the opportunity to rest Andres Iniesta ahead of their Champions League tie with AC Milan in midweek, whilst Xavi was again missing through injury.

Victory extended Barca's lead at the top to 15 points over Atletico Madrid and 19 over Real Madrid with both capital clubs in action against Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano respectively on Sunday.

Earlier, Malaga tightened their stranglehold on fourth place with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to Javier Saviola's first-half strike.

Getafe were also 3-1 victors over Celta Vigo to move up to 11th and leave the Galicians still rooted in the bottom three after a third consecutive defeat.


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