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Messi strikes twice in Barcelona’s win

sports Updated: Aug 06, 2009 23:44 IST
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Lionel Messi scored the opening two goals as Barcelona beat the Seattle Sounders 4-0 in a preseason friendly on Wednesday.

In a dominant performance by the reigning European champions, Barcelona required its top players for only half the game to beat the Major League Soccer club and extend their winning preseason form.

Messi beat Seattle keeper Kasey Keller in the 21st minute with a left-footed punch from outside the penalty box that the former Tottenhaam stopper only got a fingertip on.

Twenty minutes later, Messi gathered Xavi's perfectly judged cross about 8 yards out and in one move split Keller's legs with his left foot shot.

Messi's pre-season form indicates he will pick up right where he left off at the end of a 2008/09 season when he scored 38 goals as Barcelona won the unprecedented treble.

The scoring was completed by fringe squad members Jeffren Suarez in the 75th minute and Pedro Rodriguez in the 89th.