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Messi hat-trick helps Barça match Madrid

Published: Sunday 1 September 2013, 23.10CET
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in a game with five first-half goals as FC Barcelona beat Valencia CF to match Real Madrid CF, who had earlier eased past Athletic Club 3-1.

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Published: Sunday 1 September 2013, 23.10CET

Messi hat-trick helps Barça match Madrid

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in a game with five first-half goals as FC Barcelona beat Valencia CF to match Real Madrid CF, who had earlier eased past Athletic Club 3-1.

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as FC Barcelona overcame a resilient Valencia CF 3-2 to match Real Madrid CF, who had earlier sunk Athletic Club 3-1 thanks to Isco's double.

Messi already had a fine record against Valencia but took his tally to 14 goals in 18 matches with a treble in an imperious individual display. He raced clear to round goalkeeper Diego Alves for Barça's opener (11), then scored a right-footer (39) to double the lead. The Argentina forward subsequently buried Neymar's lay-off to complete the treble two minutes later, but there was more to come in a frantic end to the first half.

Valencia's Hélder Postiga left his mark on the contest when he acrobatically turned in compatriot João Pereira's cross, and there was still time before the interval for him to loop in a header. Both goalkeepers made show-stopping saves in an open second half, but the scoreline remained unchanged.

Meanwhile, Madrid's Isco continues to repay the faith of coach Carlo Ancelotti. The match winner against Real Betis Balompié a fortnight ago, the young playmaker struck twice against Athletic, either side of Ronaldo's (45+1) thumping header. Ibai Gómez responded for Athletic as time ticked down, but the Merengues made sure of their third straight success this term.

David Villa sent Club Atlético de Madrid on the way to a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad de Fútbol in the pick of results elsewhere.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.50CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/10/2013 18:43 CET

01/09/2013

SevillaSevilla2-2MálagaMálaga

Gameiro 44, 71

Morales 40, Santa Cruz 68

Venue: Sevilla

01/09/2013

ValenciaValencia2-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Hélder Postiga 45, 45+3

Messi 11, 39, 41

Venue: Valencia

01/09/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-2AtléticoAtlético

Xabi Prieto 69

Villa 27, Koke 56

Venue: San Sebastian

01/09/2013

EspanyolEspanyol0-0BetisBetis

Venue: Barcelona

01/09/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid3-1AthleticAthletic

Isco 26, 72, Ronaldo 45+1

Ibai Gómez 79

Venue: Madrid

31/08/2013

OsasunaOsasuna0-3VillarrealVillarreal

Perbet 22, Aquino 30, Uche 75

Venue: Pamplona

31/08/2013

ValladolidValladolid1-0GetafeGetafe

Valiente 47

Venue: Valladolid

31/08/2013

CeltaCelta1-1GranadaGranada

Rafinha 29

Piti 62

Venue: Pontevedra

30/08/2013

AlmeríaAlmería2-2ElcheElche

Soriano 10, Verza 45+2 (P)

Albácar 32 (P), Boakye 90+5

Venue: Almeria

30/08/2013

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano1-2LevanteLevante

Larrivey 78

Rubén García 26, Ivanschitz 90+4

Venue: Madrid

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