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Mesmerising Messi on fire for Barça

Published: Monday 22 March 2010
FC Barcelona moved back alongside Real Madrid CF at the Liga summit after winning 4-2 at Real Zaragoza, in-form Lionel Messi taking his tally to ten goals in four games with a hat-trick.
Mesmerising Messi on fire for Barça
Lionel Messi made it eight goals in the last eight days with Sunday's hat-trick ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 22 March 2010

Mesmerising Messi on fire for Barça

FC Barcelona moved back alongside Real Madrid CF at the Liga summit after winning 4-2 at Real Zaragoza, in-form Lionel Messi taking his tally to ten goals in four games with a hat-trick.

Lionel Messi's sensational form continued with a second consecutive Liga hat-trick as FC Barcelona rejoined leaders Real Madrid CF at the top following a 4-2 win at Real Zaragoza.

Doubtful for the trip with a tooth abscess, Messi followed up his treble against Valencia CF last weekend with yet another three-goal haul, taking his tally to 25 strikes in 24 league outings and ten goals in his last four matches in all competitions. Having registered twice as Barcelona defeated VfB Stuttgart 4-0 to claim a UEFA Champions League last-eight spot on Wednesday, the 22-year-old headed the Azulgrana in front after five minutes.

The Argentina forward's second was a thrilling solo effort in the 66th minute, and he rounded off another memorable performance with a left-footed shot 12 minutes later. Substitute Adrián Colunga gave the hosts hope with a late double, only for Zlatan Ibrahimović to convert from the spot in added time. Josep Guardiola's charges trail frontrunners Madrid on goal difference.

Valencia strengthened their hold on a UEFA Champions League berth thanks to a match-winning performance from David Silva at home against UD Almería. The midfielder set up Spanish international team-mate Juan Mata (63) before securing victory for the UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists seven minutes later, finding the net while grounded following a tackle.

The win took Valencia four points ahead of fourth-placed RCD Mallorca, who made it 12 victories from 13 home fixtures by recording a 4-1 success against the Blanquinegros' last-eight opponents in Europe, Club Atlético de Madrid. Raúl García was dismissed for the visitors ten minutes after the break with the Islanders leading 2-1. Elsewhere, substitute Nabil Baha struck twice as Málaga CF triumphed 2-0 over Villarreal CF and 16th-placed Real Racing Club moved seven points clear of the relegation zone by prevailing 3-1 at CA Osasuna.

Last updated: 26/03/10 16.48CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/07/2011 04:16 CET

20/03/2011

ValenciaValencia0-1SevillaSevilla

Rakitić 70

Venue: Valencia

20/03/2011

AthleticAthletic0-1VillarrealVillarreal

Marco Ruben 58

Venue: Bilbao

20/03/2011

DeportivoDeportivo0-1LevanteLevante

Rubén Suárez 90

Venue: La Coruna

20/03/2011

HérculesHércules0-4OsasunaOsasuna

Camunas 10, Nélson 35, Vadócz 61, Kike Sola 67

Venue: Alicante

20/03/2011

RacingRacing2-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Bakircioglü 43, Dos Santos 77

Griezmann 72

Venue: Santander

20/03/2011

MálagaMálaga2-0EspanyolEspanyol

Rondón 8, 26

Venue: Malaga

20/03/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-0AlmeríaAlmería

De las Cuevas 13

Venue: Gijon

19/03/2011

AtléticoAtlético1-2Real MadridReal Madrid

Agüero 86

Benzema 11, Özil 32

Venue: Madrid

19/03/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona2-1GetafeGetafe

Daniel Alves 17, Bojan Krkić 50

Manu 88

Venue: Barcelona

19/03/2011

MallorcaMallorca1-0ZaragozaZaragoza

De Guzman 67

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

Standings

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