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Messi Scores Pair of Goals in Barcelona’s Preseason Friendly vs. Girona

Messi Scores Pair of Goals in Barcelona's Preseason Friendly vs. Girona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his first goals of Barcelona’s preseason as coach Ronald Koeman left Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal off his team for a second friendly match.

Messi netted two goals and set up one more in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona on Wednesday, Barcelona’s second training match since Koeman took over as coach.

The goals were also Messi’s first since his failed attempt to leave the club this offseason, following a trophy-less season and the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Messi told the club he wanted to leave, only to change his mind after Barcelona refused to allow him to go.

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