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Messi Grabs 38th Barca Hat-trick In Espanyol Rout

Messi Grabs 38th Barca Hat-trick In Espanyol Rout”

Aritz Aduriz scored his 150th goal for Athletic in the second half after Iker Muniain opened the scoring with a smart finish from an Inaki Williams cross in the 25th minute.

They've now lost four points in a title race that's always about being extremely uncharitable when it comes to giving away points to the minnows of La Liga, which is pretty much everyone except for Real, the current Spanish and European champions, and Barcelona.

And the five-time Ballon d'Or victor completed his hat trick seven minutes after the hour mark with a straight forward finish of Alba's pass - the Barca No. 10 sweeping his first-time shot into the far corner from the middle of the box.

Villarreal also took their first points of the campaign thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Betis which came thanks to goals from Carlos Bacca, Samu Castellejo and Unai against a rival that had taken the lead with a goal from Sergio Leon.

As Messi looked to dart into the left side of the penalty box, the ball cannoned up off an Espanyol defender, before then being hit against team-mate Pape Diop.

Man of the match - Lionel Messi It was a ideal showing from Messi whose technique and vision were a microcosm of everything we've come to expect from the Argentine.

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Uruguay forward Suarez, who only returned from global duty on Friday, looked to be having one of those nights as he sent a cut-back from Messi over from six yards.

Espanyol were being outplayed but retained a sporadic threat, with Pique and Samuel Umtiti diverting Leo Batistao's 61st-minute shot behind.

The Argentina forward completed his 38th Barcelona hat-trick when he finished off from another Alba cross.

Ousmane Dembele made his Barcelona debut off the bench, setting up Suarez for the sealer at Camp Nou .

The Argentine has created 8 chances for his teammates so far this season, with Barcelona now top of the league table.



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