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Messi Dazzles in Comfortable Blaugrana Triumph

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Barcelona marked their return to La Liga action with a comfortable 4-0 victory at the relegation-threatened Mallorca on Satuday night, extending their lead at the top to five points.

Quique Setien got the dream start he’d been craving ever since Spanish football was given the green light to return, as a surging Arturo Vidal headed home expertly from a pinpoint Jordi Alba cross within two minutes.

The visitors continued to probe and penetrate in what was a mightily impressive start, before the supremely gifted Takefuso Kubo spearheaded a brief Mallorca resurgence either side of the ‘cooling break’ in the first half.

The Japanese international had two efforts from distance well-saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as he started to pose questions of surprise inclusion Ronald Araujo with his supreme dribbling style.

The Blaugrana started to impose their will once more, however, and doubled their lead through an instinctive Martin Braithwaite finish following some typically GOAT-ish work in the build-up by Lionel Messi.

A bizarre pitch invasion was a peculiar highlight following the restart, before Messi notched his second assist of proceedings, this time in more conventional fashion as good ol’ buddy Alba latched onto his deft lofted flick in behind before slotting home calmly one-on-one with Manolo Reina.

The Argentine then rounded off an imperious display with a finish of his own in stoppage time, securing a 4-0 victory for Setien’s side.

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