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Girona's man-marking stopped Lionel Messi but didn't stop Barcelona

Aday and Gorka Iraizoz netted own goals in each half as Barcelona walked away from Girona with a comfy 3-0 win.
Aday and Gorka Iraizoz netted own goals in each half as Barcelona walked away from Girona with a comfy 3-0 win.
Barcelona maintained their perfect to start the season with the help of two own goals to down Girona 3-0.

MONTILIVI, Girona -- The buildup to Barcelona's 3-0 win against Girona on Saturday was dominated by politics. But, even though he didn't score, the focus after the match was all on Lionel Messi. For the week before, it had been on Catalan independence.

This was the first time these two Catalan cities, separated by 100 kilometres, had ever met in Spain's top flight. Barca have played six fellow Catalan sides in the Primera Division -- Espanyol, Europa, Sabadell, Gimnastic, Lleida and Condal --...

Girona man-marking Lionel Messi helped Barca win - Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona maintained their perfect to start the season with the help of two own goals to down Girona 3-0.

GIRONA -- Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night as he was man-marked by on-loan Manchester City defender Pablo Maffeo in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Girona, but his manager Ernesto Valverde believes the tactic helped the rest of the team.

Messi had scored nine goals in five league games going into Saturday's first-ever top flight meeting between the two Catalan sides, but he was unable to add to his tally in front of a sell out crowd at Montilivi.

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However, Barca still made it six wins from six...