In Lionel Messi’s world, the milepost 200th league goal probably barely rates enough status to take the game ball and glue it onto a piece of wood or something.
This is a man, as we know, who already has four World Player of the Year awards, more trophies in Spain and in Europe than he count without thinking about it really super hard, and a man who just established the best year of scoring in professional soccer the world has ever seen.
But it’s still a noteworthy achievement, this 200th league goal in Spain.
Messi rounded the 200 corner today with four goals in a 5-1 result over Osasuna at the Nou Camp. He also became the first player to score in 11 consecutive La Liga matches.
The man’s La Liga leadership, at 33 goals, is on pace to match last year’s fabulous total of 50.
The other 200-goal scorers in La Liga history are:
- Telmo Zarra … 251
- Hugo Sanchez … 234
- Raul Gonzalez … 228
- Alfredo di Stefano … 227
- Cesar Rodriguez … 223
- Quini … 219
- Pahino … 210
Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.
Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.
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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.
Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.
The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.
McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.