By Sean Gallagher
29th November 2020,
4: 13 pm
Updated: 29th November 2020,
4: 17 pm
Antoine Griezmann’s resurgence continued on Sunday afternoon with the Barcelona attacker scoring an incredible volley in his side’s 4-0 victory against Osasuna, in which Lionel Messi also paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona.
Ahead of the match, Ronald Koeman had called on his players to produce a performance befitting of the Argentina legend, who died at his home near Buenos Aires on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
And Barca certainly delivered, running out 4-0 winners against their LaLiga opponents.
France World Cup winner Griezmann turned on the style just minutes before the half-time break to double Barca’s lead following Martin Braithwate’s opener.
The 29-year-old cannoned the ball past the motionless Sergio Herrera after Jordi Alba’s cross was only cleared to the edge of the box.
He then turned provider 11 minutes into the second half, teeing up Philippe Coutinho for an easy tap-in after impressive build-up work from Braithwate.
Ousmane Dembele later had a goal ruled out for offside, before Messi put the gloss on the scoreline with a fitting goal and celebration to boot in memory of his fellow compatriot.
Messi’s brilliant solo effort came with 17 minutes remaining, with the legendary forward removing his Barcelona shirt and revealing a Newell’s Old Boys No.10 strip – which Maradona wore during his brief stint at the club.
He was visually emotional as he then pointed to the sky and kissed the shirt in a poignant moment.
Barcelona’s victory moves them into seventh in LaLiga, three points behind reigning champions Real Madrid in fourth, with a game in hand.