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Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona break Liga record

Published: Sunday 6 February 2011
FC Barcelona created Liga history by winning for the 16th successive match, Lionel Messi taking his tally for the season to 40 with a hat-trick in a 3-0 home victory against Club Atlético de Madrid.
Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona break Liga record
Lionel Messi scores the second of his three goals against Atlético ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 6 February 2011

Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona break Liga record

FC Barcelona created Liga history by winning for the 16th successive match, Lionel Messi taking his tally for the season to 40 with a hat-trick in a 3-0 home victory against Club Atlético de Madrid.

Lionel Messi was once again the inspiration for FC Barcelona as the champions set a Liga record of 16 consecutive victories with a 3-0 home win against Club Atlético de Madrid.

Having equalled Real Madrid CF's 50-year-old mark last weekend, Josep Guardiola's team were quickly into their stride in their attempts to own it outright. Messi, as ever, was at the hub of Barcelona's attacking efforts, taking his tally for the season to 40 in all competitions with goals on 17, 28 and 79 minutes. The victory establishes a ten-point lead over Madrid, who host Real Sociedad de Fútbol on Sunday.

Getafe CF were the day's biggest winners, triumphing 4-1 against RC Deportivo La Coruña while Athletic Club enhanced their hopes of qualifying for Europe. The Basque team rose to fifth, three points behind fourth-placed Valencia CF, after a 3-0 defeat of ten-man Real Sporting de Gijón.

RCD Espanyol had started the day where Athletic ended it, but were three down inside 18 minutes at strugglers UD Almería and eventually lost 3-2. Elsewhere, Villarreal CF − in third − were shocked 1-0 at home by third-bottom Levante UD, and CA Osasuna versus RCD Mallorca and Real Zaragoza against Real Racing Club ended 1-1.

Results

Standings

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Last updated: 05/02/11 23.51CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

06/02/2011

ValenciaValencia2-0HérculesHércules

Aduriz 43, Costa 53

Venue: Valencia

06/02/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid4-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Kaká 8, Cristiano Ronaldo 21, 42, Adebayor 89

Arbeloa 72 (o.g.)

Venue: Madrid

06/02/2011

SevillaSevilla0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Sevilla

05/02/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona3-0AtléticoAtlético

Messi 17, 28, 79

Venue: Barcelona

05/02/2011

VillarrealVillarreal0-1LevanteLevante

Valdo 48

Venue: Castellon

05/02/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza1-1RacingRacing

Boutahar 40

Christian Fernández 14

Venue: Zaragoza

05/02/2011

AlmeríaAlmería3-2EspanyolEspanyol

Silva 5, Uche 7, Bernardello 18

Verdú 34, Álvaro Vázquez 49

Venue: Almeria

05/02/2011

AthleticAthletic3-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

David López 16 (p), Toquero 27, Llorente 74

Venue: Bilbao

05/02/2011

GetafeGetafe4-1DeportivoDeportivo

Adrián Colunga 19, 26, Miku 44, Ríos 57

Riki 68 (p)

Venue: Madrid

05/02/2011

OsasunaOsasuna1-1MallorcaMallorca

Miguel Flaño 8

Gonzalo Castro 37

Venue: Pamplona

Standings

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