Mascherano ends incredible scoring drought for Barcelona

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Almost seven seasons and over 300 games have passed since the Argentine arrived at Camp Nou, and he finally broke his duck on Wednesday

Javier Mascherano finally ended his amazing goal drought for Barcelona by firing home from the penalty spot during the Catalans' clash against Osasuna. 

Incredibly, the former West Ham and Liverpool star had never previously scored in Blaugrana colours, despite playing for the club for almost seven seasons. 

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But when Denis Suarez was chopped down in the penalty at Camp Nou with Barca already cruising 5-1 up, Masche stepped forward to convert the penalty. 

He beat Salvatore Sirigu to end a run of 319 games without hitting the net, to the delight of his team-mates who mobbed him after the successful effort. 

The goal also brought up a milestone for Luis Enrique, who saw Barca score their 500th goal since he took charge back in 2014.

A midfielder at Liverpool and with the Argentina national team, Mascherano dropped back into the centre of defence after moving to Camp Nou, and rarely crosses the halfway line. 

Wednesday's effort was only the fourth goal of his professional club career, while he has scored another three with the senior Argentina team in 136 appearances.  The last goal Mascherano scored came on June 4 2014, when he converted against Trinidad & Tobago for Argentina. His last club goal came for Liverpool on February 25, 2010 against Unirea Urziceni in the Europa League. 

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