FC Barcelona edged La Liga’s basement club Huesca 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of a Frenkie de Jong goal made by Lionel Messi in the Argentine’s 500th league appearance for the club.

Dutch midfielder De Jong arrived at the far post to meet a Messi cross and score on the volley in the 27th minute to deservedly give the visitors the lead after a rampant start.

But Ronald Koeman’s side failed to take their many other chances and in the end were made to sweat for all three points.

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Huesca could have levelled in the second half.

This was when the ball trickled across FC Barcelona ‘s area and striker Rafa Mir directed a backheel at goal.

But the shot lacked power and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made the save in spite of seeing the ball late.(Reuters/NAN)