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Messi hits four as Barcelona respond in kind

Published: Sunday 19 February 2012, 23.35CET
Lionel Messi struck four goals on his 200th Liga appearance as FC Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia CF 5-1 and cut Real Madrid CF's lead at the top back to ten points.
Messi hits four as Barcelona respond in kind
Lionel Messi was in imperious form once again ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 19 February 2012, 23.35CET

Messi hits four as Barcelona respond in kind

Lionel Messi struck four goals on his 200th Liga appearance as FC Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia CF 5-1 and cut Real Madrid CF's lead at the top back to ten points.

Lionel Messi celebrated his 200th Liga appearance with four goals in a 5-1 win against Valencia CF which moved FC Barcelona back to within ten points of leaders Real Madrid CF.

Beaten 3-2 by CA Osasuna last weekend and in need of a response to Madrid's 4-0 victory against Real Racing Club on Saturday, Barcelona's task became harder when Pablo Piatti gave Valencia a ninth-minute lead at Camp Nou.

The hosts pulled level through Messi midway through the first half, though, and the Argentina forward took just five minutes to add his second. He then struck twice more in the closing 14 minutes to reach 27 league goals this term, one adrift of the Liga's leading marksman Cristiano Ronaldo. Xavi Hernández added Barça's fifth late on.

As for Athletic Club, they lie fifth after coasting to a 3-0 win against Málaga CF, Fernando Amorebieta, Mikel San José and Gaizka Toquero doing the damage for the hosts. Club Atlético de Madrid are sixth following their 1-1 draw at Real Sporting de Gijón, with Levante UD down to seventh as a 5-3 loss to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid extended their winless league run to eight games.

Second-bottom Gijón are six points adrift of safety, where Villarreal CF lie after losing 4-0 at RCD Mallorca. Granada CF are two points better off than the Yellow Submarine thanks to a 4-1 triumph against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, themselves only four points off the drop zone.

Last updated: 05/12/12 4.28CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 22/02/2012 23:12 CET

19/02/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona5-1ValenciaValencia

Messi 22, 27, 76, 85, Xavi Hernández 90+1

Piatti 9

Venue: Barcelona

19/02/2012

LevanteLevante3-5RayoRayo

Barkero 50 (penalty), Rubén Suárez 79, 90+2 (penalty)

Bangoura 35, 70, Diego Costa 61, 63, Delibašić 85

Venue: Valencia

19/02/2012

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-1AtléticoAtlético

Eguren 37

Canella 20 (o.g.)

Venue: Gijon

19/02/2012

MallorcaMallorca4-0VillarrealVillarreal

Victor Casadesus 41, 65, Martí 52, Nunes 67

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

19/02/2012

AthleticAthletic3-0MálagaMálaga

Amorebieta 58, San José 60, Toquero 61

Venue: Bilbao

19/02/2012

GranadaGranada4-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

López 11, Jara 57, Uche 61, 87

González 10

Venue: Granada

18/02/2012

SevillaSevilla2-0OsasunaOsasuna

Medel 16, Trochowski 90+3

Venue: Sevilla

18/02/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid4-0RacingRacing

Cristiano Ronaldo 6, Benzema 45+1, 89, Di María 73

Venue: Madrid

18/02/2012

GetafeGetafe1-1EspanyolEspanyol

Miku 70 (penalty)

Álvaro Vázquez 66

Venue: Madrid

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