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Messi magic as Barça break stubborn Deportivo

Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 23.55CET
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as FC Barcelona defeated RC Deportivo La Coruña 5-4 in a sensational game, while Real Madrid CF earned a 2-0 victory against RC Celta de Vigo.
Messi magic as Barça break stubborn Deportivo
Lionel Messi scored another hat-trick as Barcelona edged past Deportivo ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 23.55CET

Messi magic as Barça break stubborn Deportivo

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as FC Barcelona defeated RC Deportivo La Coruña 5-4 in a sensational game, while Real Madrid CF earned a 2-0 victory against RC Celta de Vigo.

Lionel Messi hit his 21st FC Barcelona hat-trick as Tito Villanova's charges overcame a determined RC Deportivo La Coruña 5-4 in a stunning match at the Riazor.

The 18th-placed hosts had won just once before this contest. Following strikes by Jordi Alba, Christian Tello and Lionel Messi – the latter a rocket from a Cesc Fábregas back-heel – inside the opening 18 minutes, Depor's prospects did not look bright.

However, Pizzi pulled a goal back from the penalty spot and Álex Bergantiños added another, before Messi doubled his tally seemingly to quell Barcelona fears heading into the interval. Pizzi, though, curled in a sumptuous free-kick for 4-3 moments after the restart, an act that was quickly followed by a second yellow card and a dismissal for Javier Mascherano.

But Deportivo could not make their numerical advantage count, and Messi completed his hat-trick with a wonderful strike. Although an Alba own goal provided a tense climax, Barça weathered the storm to deny Depor a point.

Real Madrid CF, meanwhile, continue to climb the Liga standings following a 2-0 victory against RC Celta de Vigo. Gonzalo Higuaín's cross-shot gave José Mourinho's side the lead before a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty – his ninth league goal this term – doubled their advantage in the second half.

Madrid are now fourth, three points adrift of Málaga CF, who were 2-1 victors against Real Valladolid CF. 

Last updated: 18/04/13 13.31CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 11/07/2013 18:23 CET

20/10/2012

DeportivoDeportivo4-5BarcelonaBarcelona

Pizzi 26 (P), 47, Álex Bergantiños 37

Jordi Alba 3, 79 (o.g.), Tello 8, Messi 18, 43, 77

Venue: La Coruna

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ValenciaValencia3-2AthleticAthletic

Soldado 26 (P), Costa 88, Valdez 90

Aritz Aduriz 19, 30

Venue: Valencia

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Real MadridReal Madrid2-0CeltaCelta

Higuaín 11, Ronaldo 67 (P)

Venue: Madrid

20/10/2012

MálagaMálaga2-1ValladolidValladolid

Isco 37, Joaquín 87

Manucho 9

Venue: Malaga

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