Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Barcelona slots 5 goals past Espanyol in Catalan Derby

Barcelona slots 5 goals past Espanyol in Catalan Derby

The No 10 doubled the lead shortly before half-time from close range after a ricochet in the penalty area had fallen into the path of Jordi Alba, and completed his treble just after the hour.

'We pulled through a complicated game, because these kinds of matches are always tough.

The Uruguayan went on to state: "They are three important points because they allow us to take advantage of our direct rivals slipping up, but of course, it is only the third match of the season".

From there the floodgates opened, and although Messi should have been flagged offside, no call came as he controlled Ivan Rakitic's pass before cleverly turning David Lopez and rifling into the top corner.

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The Catalan giants secured victories over Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves before the worldwide break.

Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win over Espanyol in the 167th Catalan derby thanks to a 38th career hat-trick from Lionel Messi on Sunday.

There was not such good news in the Santiago Bernabeu where Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by newly promoted Levante in an early kick off on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane's men were held by Valencia before the global break and Lucas Vazquez's first-half response was only enough for another tie upon the resumption of the league.

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"That's why I played for the national team".

It was the second consecutive win for Athletic, which is yet to concede a goal this season.

The Valencians could not put further daylight between themselves and Real, though, and Vazquez's equaliser in the 36th minute dampened their spirits after a bright first-half showing.

Fellow substitute Paulinho almost bagged his first goal for the club in the 82nd minute but he fired wide from close range.

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