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Lionel Messi scores one and creates two as football resumes whilst Ronaldo misses a penalty

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Lionel Messi scores one and creates two as football resumes whilst Ronaldo misses a penalty

Lionel Messi scores as football resumes whilst Ronaldo missed a penalty. The mouth-watering semi-final clash was the perfect restart for Italian football after a three-month suspension due to the Covid-19 crisis as the two giants, who drew 1-1 in the first leg at the San Siro in February, looked to progress to the decider in Rome.

The hosts were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead on the night and in the tie when the referee pointed to the spot for a handball offense 15 minutes on the clock, which was reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half missed penalty proved to be petty as Juventus drew 0–0 with 10-man AC Milan to book a place in the final of the Copa Italia at the Juventus Stadium on Friday. Ronaldo stepped up but his effort crashed against the post before Milan’s Ante Rebic was sent off a minute later for a foul on Danilo. Neither team was able to break the deadlock; goalless at the interval.

The second half produced little in terms of goalmouth action as the Old Lady held on to book a place in the final on the away goals rule. They will now meet the winner of the other semi-final between Inter and Napoli.

On the other side, Lionel Messi made new La Liga record in Barcelona win. The Argentine star once again stole the show as the Catalans returned to action following the coronavirus pandemic. Lionel Messi set another La Liga record on Saturday as Barcelona made a winning return to the pitch.

The leaders won 4-0 at Real Mallorca in their first match since the campaign was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after just two minutes before Messi set up Martin Braithwaite for his first Barca goal and then Jordi Alba to make the points safe. Messi then added a fourth in second-half injury time to reach 20 La Liga goals for 2019-20.

The Argentina star is the only player to score 20 or more goals in Spain’s top flight in 12 consecutive seasons. Messi’s strong performance against Mallorca also saw his league assist tally this season rise to 14, making him both the top scorer and top assist provider in La Liga this campaign.

Ahead of Barcelona’s return to action, club legend Rivaldo stressed Messi’s workload must be managed carefully, though the 32-year-old did end up playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday.

“Lionel Messi had some physical issues last week, so there’s a lot of discussion about whether he plays the whole game for Barcelona in their first game back against Mallorca on Saturday,” Rivaldo told.

– Goal.Com

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