Lionel Messi's "pride" restored, says Barca coach Gerardo Martino

Lionel Messi's two goals in a 4-1 win vs Sevilla comes after the sensational forward was out of the field due to an injury. Coach Gerardo Martino confident Messi will now hit back hard.

updated: February 10, 2014 10:37 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said Lionel Messi had answered his critics in the best way possible as the Argentine scored his first two goals from open play in 10 league games as Barca won 4-1 at Sevilla on Sunday.

Sevilla had gone ahead early on under the torrential rain at the Sanchez Pizjuan, but Messi led his side's revival as he firstly crossed for Alexis Sanchez to bundle home the equaliser before finishing off a fine counter-attack with a stunning half-volley just before half-time.

The four-time World Player of the Year doubled his tally for the evening with another sweet finish from Andres Iniesta's pass 11 minutes after the break and Cesc Fabregas rounded off the scoring three minutes from time.

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