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Football: Messi double hands Enrique winning start

Published on Aug 25, 2014 6:05 AM
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (left) scores a goal against Elche during the Spanish first division match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona on Aug 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Luis Enrique got off to a winning start as Barcelona manager as they shrugged off Javier Mascherano's first-half red card to beat Elche 3-0 thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014.

Messi put the disappointment of losing the World Cup final in his last competitive outing behind him to open the scoring, but Barca were momentarily rocked by Mascherano's dismissal for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity moments later.

However, 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi made the game safe with a classy lofted finish on his debut a minute into the second-half before Messi rounded off the scoring.

"I have to be delighted with that start," said Enrique.

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