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Barcelona Scores First Direct Freekick Goal Since Lionel Messi Left in 2021
- Ferran Torres has become the first player to score a direct free-kick for Barcelona
- The Catalans have failed to score a direct free-kick since Lionel Messi’s departure
- Barcelona defeated Real Betis 5-0 in an impressive La Liga win
Ferran Torres ended Barcelona’s free-kick goal drought after scoring an impressive curler for the reigning La Liga champions in their impressive 5-0 rout of Real Betis.
The Spanish striker, who seemed to have found his rhythm again with the Catalan giants, scored a free-kick from more than 20 yards out, giving Barcelona a 3-0 lead over Real Betis.
According to GOAL, Torres' goal was the first direct free-kick goal scored by a Barcelona player since Lionel Messi's free-kick goal against Valencia in 2021.
It took 41 shots over the last two years for a Barcelona player to score from a direct free-kick, as Torres put an end to the Catalans' free-kick drought.
Summer signings Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo also registered their first goals for Barcelona as Robert Lewandowski was also on target in the impressive 5-0 victory.
Xavi happy with Real Betis rout
Meanwhile, Barcelona manager has revealed he is happy and satisfied after watching the reigning La Liga champions demolish Real Betis 5-0 on Saturday, September 16, in their best display this season, Tribal Football reports.
"I am happy, very satisfied to see how everyone plays with this joy, with very good feelings and I see that the people have had a good time. This looked like the Camp Nou today. We have minimized a great team and I am very happy.”
Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ferran Torres, Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo ensured Barcelona rose to the top of the La Liga table after four consecutive victories in La Liga.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported New arrivals Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo struck their first goals for Barcelona in an impressive 5-0 rout of Real Betis on Saturday in La Liga.
Earlier Atletico Madrid were hammered 3-0 by Valencia at Mestalla, with coach Diego Simeone labelling it the "weakest" performance during his time at the club.
Barcelona's five-star display was inspired by Felix, who netted the opener, with further goals from Robert Lewandowski, Ferran Torres and Raphinha and Cancelo.