Thursday 17 August 2017

Sanchez on double for Barca

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Barcelona bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last night.

Rayo held Barcelona at the Nou Camp until the 29th minute, when Sanchez scored. He added a second in the 41st minute and David Villa made it 3-0 just two minutes later.

Five minutes after the restart, a solo effort by Lionel Messi brought the Argentina forward his 16th league goal of the season -- matching Cristiano Ronaldo's league-leading tally.

Barcelona, 1-0 losers last Saturday at Getafe, moved within three points of leaders Madrid -- who have a game in hand.

Serie A leaders Juventus fought back from two goals down to draw 3-3 away to Napoli in a thrilling game at the San Paolo stadium last night to extend their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign.

Goran Pandev struck twice for the hosts, but Pepe popped up with a late equaliser to stretch Juve's lead over AC Milan to two points.

Irish Independent

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