Sports Desk- Goals from Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi sealed a hard-fought win for La Liga leaders Barcelona as a 2-0 victory over Leganes at an empty Camp Nou on Tuesday. Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 victory at Mallorca on Saturday night.
La Liga leaders Barca were far from their best and could have gone behind on two occasions before 17-year-old Fati put them ahead in the 43rd minute, firing through the legs of a defender and into the bottom corner for his fifth league goal of the season.
Messi doubled Quique Setien’s side’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 69th minute, almost immediately after Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out for offside following a VAR review.
It was Messi’s 56th converted penalty in La Liga and saw him draw level with Hugo Sanchez as the league’s second-top penalty taker, behind record holder Cristiano Ronaldo on 61.
Lionel Messi has now scored 5️⃣6️⃣ penalties in La Liga— Goal (@goal) June 16, 2020
Only one player has more…
Cristiano Ronaldo on 6️⃣1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/lUBYFm3cRV