Lionel Messi opens scoring against River Plate in Club World Cup final

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Lionel Messi has just given Barcelona the lead in their Club World Cup showdown against Argentinian outfit River Plate.

The diminutive forward missed the 3-0 semi-final win against Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this week with a stomach condition, but showed no signs of illness as he tucked home a neat finish from inside the box after some good work from Neymar.

The goal, which you can watch below at the bottom of this article, was started by Neymar, who found Messi, who then played in Dani Alves who was open on the right-hand side. The Brazilian's lofted ball into the box was knocked down into the area for Messi to pounce on and break the deadlock.

Messi, who is the only player to score in three separate Club World Cup finals in history, then turned provider as he looked to help Barcelona take a 2-0 lead, picking up the ball and playing in Luis Suarez with an exquisite pass, only for the Uruguayan to put his shot wide.

It's currently half-time in the game at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohoma, with Barcelona bossing proceedings. 

The Catalan club have registered eight total shots on target compared to River Plate's four, and have enjoyed more than 70% of possession so far.

Check out the video of the goal here:

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