Messi began the rout in the 17th minute with a perfectly placed free-kick that arched past a desperate Diego Lopez, and followed that up by keeping possession under intense pressure before providing the pass for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a fine second.It was then Dembele’s turn to become provider a minute before the break, slipping in a super through ball that Suarez somehow took on and squeezed home from near the byline.Messi capped a dominant team and individual display with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could barely move towards it.Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves earlier on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano with goals in the final 10 minutes.The only negative note for Simeone was World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with a knee injury in the first half.Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia meant Sevilla missed the opportunity to stay just a point behind Barca.Pablo Sarabia had put the visitors into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had chances to seal the points at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post. – Magical Messi – Messi celebrates. PHOTO @FFbarcelonaMadrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol.The Argentine superstar curled home two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay.Atleti and Sevilla had moved level on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side defeated Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.However Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde’s team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display alongside front-three partners Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and buried by half-time.“He is extraordinary,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the chances on goal that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…“It is still very early, La Liga is very tight, but the idea is to be solid away from home, knowing that winning is very difficult against every team.” Share on: WhatsApp
It hasn’t been the type of wild ride Disney fans are used to or enjoy.Disney World and Disneyland have both been closed for an unprecedented 11 days due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. And now it is being announced that both parks will not be opening on April 1st as originally planned.According to a report released by a Walt Disney Company spokesperson, it has now been decided that both parks and all associated resorts will remain closed indefinitely until they can come up with a solid timeline to reopen.The statement also went onto say that they will continue to pay all of their employees through April 18th.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) is forced out of bounds by New York Jets’ Dawan Landry (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won the game 20-13. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The only thing worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers than talking about their latest baffling setback may be reliving it.“We’re going to look at it and just slap ourselves on the head because there’s so much left out there,” guard Ramon Foster said. “You can’t make excuses for it. We’ve just got to swallow it up and move on.”The quicker, the better.All the feel-good mojo generated by a three-game winning streak evaporated in three dismal hours on Sunday in a 20-13 loss to the woeful New York Jets. Somehow, the same team that put up a combined 124 points during victories over Houston, Indianapolis and Baltimore needed a last-minute touchdown just to reach the end zone once against one of the NFL’s worst teams.There were turnovers, blown chip-shot field goals, a nonexistent running game and some curious playcalling. There were missed tackles, missed opportunities and another mysterious performance against an also-ran.Somehow the Steelers (6-4) are 0-2 against the Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two teams who are a combined 1-16 against everyone else.“It’s the NFL, if you don’t show up ready to play your type of game, you’re going to lose,” Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore said. “Our last game was a perfect example of that. We’re hot. We came in high and mighty and a team came in and played better than us.”It wasn’t difficult.New York, which hadn’t led anyone in nearly a month, was up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter as the record-breaking Pittsburgh offense morphed back into the erratic, sputtering version that marked its inconsistent play through September and much of October.The Steelers gave it away four times, including a fumble and a muffed punt by usually surehanded wide receiver Antonio Brown. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tossed a pair of interceptions, including a mystifying lob over the middle into triple-coverage with Pittsburgh in New York territory early in the third quarter.“I made a bad throw,” Roethlisberger said.One that dulled some of the brilliance of Roethlisberger’s recent play. He passed for 343 yards but was also sacked twice and spent a significant portion of the game under steady pressure.“We turned the ball over,” Roethlisberger said. “If you turn the ball over it will kill you. You have to give them credit. They played well and we didn’t play well enough.”Oddly, it was the Jets and not the Steelers who took the field with a sense of urgency. Even trailing by three scores in the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh methodically went about its business, preferring not to hurry things up even as time slipped away.Maybe they were simply too stunned. New York came in on an eight-game losing streak, many of those losses in which the Jets weren’t even competitive. That all changed on a balmy early November afternoon in which the Steelers squandered a chance to move into first place in the packed AFC North.As the errors piled up, Pittsburgh didn’t get frustrated, but the Steelers did start to press. Brown began the day with just one fumble on the season despite more than 80 touches. He gave it up after his right arm was hacked from behind by New York’s Muhammad Wilkerson on a quick screen late in the first quarter. Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett jumped on it at the Pittsburgh 20. Five plays later New York was up 17 points.Brown tried to catch a Jets punt on the run late in the first half only to have the ball bounce through his arms. New York recovered but missed a field goal, not that it mattered much in the final outcome.“Trying to get us going, get a spark in the game,” Brown said. “Got to make smarter decisions.”So do his teammates. Pittsburgh knows it must find a way to close out beatable opponents beginning next week at Tennessee (2-7).“We’ve got to find a way to get it done,” Brown said. “Can’t get complacent. Got to buy into the details and detail work. We don’t carry luggage. When the week is over, we singularly focus on the week in front of us. We just didn’t get it done. We’ve got to be better.”___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL