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Ousmane Dembele two hours late for Barcelona training

Ousmane Dembele two hours late for Barcelona training

Ousmane Dembele has been disciplined by Barcelona for arriving two hours late for training on Sunday morning.

The French international was made to train by himself after failing to arrive on time for the session.

It is not the first time this season that the 21-year-old has arrived late and it just another sour note to add to his most recent off field incidents.

Mundo Deportivo report that Dembele claim that the World Cup winner blamed stomach problems, much like he did when he arrived 90 minutes late just one month previous.

It is not yet known if the former Borussia Dortmund man will miss the upcoming Champions League game with Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening.

Messi sublime against Espanyol

Just a few days from being named the fifth best player in the world, Messi put on a performance to showcase his talents once more.

The Argentine forward looked superb from the get go as Espanyol defenders hauled him down several times. And, they were made to pay for their constant fouls as Messi opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick to beat a helpless Diego Lopez.

Messi proved instrumental in the second too, as he refused to give up and dribbled past several defenders, before playing in Ousmane Dembele, who curled in from the edge of the box.

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Leading 2-0, Barca looked in full control but the returning Luis Suarez wanted in on the act and his one-two with Messi saw him tap the ball under Lopez from the most impossible of angles.

The second half was a rather subdued one, considering most of the Cornella El-Prat faithful had left the ground.

They did miss their side get on the score-sheet through Oscar Duarte, however, any celebrations were quickly ended after VAR considered the defender to be in an offside position.

To rub salt into Espanyol wounds, Messi was not finished, completing his night with another superb free-kick – this time from an even harder angle.