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Barcelona beat South Korean all-stars with Messi's goals

08-05-2010 10:52 BJT

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi made two goals to lead Spanish champions Barcelona to win an exhibition game on Wednesday against the all-stars of the South Korean soccer league, South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) vies for the ball during a friendly match against South Korea's K-League All-Star soccer team in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Park jin-hee) 
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) vies for the ball during a friendly match against South 
Korea's K-League All-Star soccer team in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 4, 2010. 
(Xinhua/Park jin-hee)
 
The star-studded champion of Spain's La Liga routed the K-League All-Star team 5-2 in the friendly match at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

South Korea took the lead with Choi Sung-kuk's easy shot in the first minute, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic made an equalizer just five minutes after the first goal.

Lee Dong-gook headed in the second goal in the 36th minute to give the South Korean team the lead, but his team failed ultimately to defend Messi.

Messi, who played just 16 minutes in the game, made two goals to secure the lead late in the first half.

In the second half, the Spanish team pushed past their opponent to get two more goals to wrap up the game at 5-2.


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