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Messi treble helps Barcelona edge Clásico thriller

Published: Sunday 23 March 2014, 23.02CET
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick to help FC Barcelona clinch a 4-3 Clásico success at Real Madrid CF, leaving just one point separating the top three after Club Atlético de Madrid also won.

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Published: Sunday 23 March 2014, 23.02CET

Messi treble helps Barcelona edge Clásico thriller

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick to help FC Barcelona clinch a 4-3 Clásico success at Real Madrid CF, leaving just one point separating the top three after Club Atlético de Madrid also won.

Lionel Messi struck a hat-trick in a memorable Clásico to help FC Barcelona prevail 4-3 at Real Madrid CF and leave just one point separating the Liga's top three clubs.

Madrid were hoping to move three points clear at the summit and seven ahead of Barça, yet they suffered an early setback when Andrés Iniesta fired the Catalan side ahead seven minutes in. Karim Benzema struck twice in the space of four minutes to put the hosts in front, but Messi's first a minute before the interval made it 2-2 at the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo restored Madrid's lead from the penalty spot, but the game swung again as Sergio Ramos was shown a red card for bringing down Neymar in the area. Messi converted from the spot and repeated the feat with six minutes remaining after Iniesta was fouled in the box.

Barcelona remain third, a point behind their opponents and Club Atlético de Madrid after the Rojiblancos dealt Real Betis Balompié a defeat 2-0 earlier in the day. The lowly hosts were proving problematic for Diego Simeone's men but surrendered the initiative when Braian Rodríguez picked up his second yellow on 55 minutes. Gabi inflicted further damage three minutes later with the opener from range, and Diego Costa slid in a second on 64 minutes to secure the points.

Elsewhere, Sevilla FC moved fifth with a 2-1 win at CA Osasuna, while Valencia CF were 2-1 victors at home to Villarreal CF.

Last updated: 23/03/14 23.36CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/04/2014 11:23 CET

23/03/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid3-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Benzema 20, 24, Ronaldo 55 (P)

Iniesta 7, Messi 42, 65 (P), 84 (P)

Venue: Madrid

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ValenciaValencia2-1VillarrealVillarreal

Fuego 35, 44

Dos Santos 83

Venue: Valencia

23/03/2014

BetisBetis0-2AtléticoAtlético

Gabi 58, Diego Costa 64

Venue: Sevilla

23/03/2014

OsasunaOsasuna1-2SevillaSevilla

Acuña 90+4

Samperio 27, Bacca 45+1 (P)

Venue: Pamplona

22/03/2014

AthleticAthletic1-0GetafeGetafe

Susaeta 40

Venue: Bilbao

22/03/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Zé Castro 7 (og)

Alberto Bueno 45

Venue: Valladolid

22/03/2014

EspanyolEspanyol0-0LevanteLevante

Venue: Barcelona

22/03/2014

GranadaGranada1-0ElcheElche

Brahimi 63

Venue: Granada

21/03/2014

CeltaCelta0-2MálagaMálaga

Camacho 24, 32

Venue: Pontevedra

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