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Messi scores twice in Barcelona romp on Neymar's debut
August 18, 2013, 3:45 pm

BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another Sunday to help mark the debut of Neymar and Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in a 7-0 thrashing of Levante, ensuring the Spanish champions start their title defense in style.

With signature signing Neymar watching from the bench, Messi almost single-handedly dismantled the overmatched Levante.

After Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring, Messi claimed Barcelona's second goal, stole possession to create the third, and passed for Pedro Rodriguez to score the fourth.

Messi scored his second goal from the penalty spot before Xavi Hernandez made it 6-0 just before halftime.

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