The Argentine was the star of a
blistering first half from the home team,

who held on in the second 45 minutes
to take the pre-season title
Lionel Messi scored two goals and set
up another as Barcelona prevailed 3-2
over Sampdoria to lift the Joan Gamper
Luis Enrique fielded a strong side that
showed little of the defensive frailty that
allowed Liverpool to hammer them 4-0
in the International Champions Cup on
Saturday, and there were only 16
minutes on the clock when Messi
performed an overhead kick in the box
that was headed into the net from close
range by Luis Suarez.
With Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza
watching from the stands, Messi – who
retired from international football
following more Copa America
heartache – made it two when he
finished a move that he started
himself, latching onto Ivan Rakitic’s
chipped pass before rounding
Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano
to leave himself with a simple finish.
Sampdoria hit back quickly when a
defensive error allowed Luis Muriel to
break into the box and slide the ball
past Claudio Bravo, but Messi restored
Barcelona’s two-goal lead with a
trademark free-kick that he bent past
Viviano from all of 25 yards.
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The second half saw Sampdoria
improve at the back, but Arda Turan
almost added a fourth when he hooked
a dipping shot onto the crossbar with
Viviano well beaten.
The Serie A side grabbed a consolation
goal when Ante Budimir chested the
ball down and lashed a shot past
substitute Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-
Andre ter Stegen, but Sampdoria’s late
push for an equaliser went unrewarded
as the hosts produced a strong final
few minutes, with Suarez hitting the
crossbar in injury time.