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Mubarak Wakaso’s Alaves suffer defeat to Barcelona

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Mubarak Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves suffered their second defeat in two matches at the start of the 2017-18 campaign with a 2-0 home Barcelona on Saturday night.

The Ghana international started and played the entire duration of the game at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.

Wakaso received a yellow card in the 36th minute after committing a rough foul on Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute when Rodrigo Ely was adjudged to have pulled Pique to the ground inside the Alaves box, but Messi saw his spot kick kept out by the brilliant Pacheco as the score remained goalless.

Alaves finally conceded in the 55th minute, however, when Messi found the back of the net with a powerful effort, albeit with the help of a big deflection off Spanish centre-back Alexis.

Barcelona had their second in the 66th minute, however, when Messi smashed home from close range after a poor clearance from Alexis had bounced off Paco Alcacer and landed kindly for the Argentine.

Messi came close to completing his hat-trick in the 75th minute after curling one towards the top corner, but his effort hit the crossbar during a period of utter domination from Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Paulinho came off the bench for his Barcelona debut in the 88th minute, but little occurred in the latter stages as the Catalan giants eased to a routine three points ahead of the international break.

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