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Valverde: Messi Is The Best Barcelona 3 Leganes 1: Lionel Messi nets hattrick as Barcelona go 38 games unbeaten to equal La Liga record
Domingo Copeland | 11 April, 2018, 13:58

Los Pepineros have managed just ten goals in 15 matches on the road this term and are unlikely to add to that at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona have conceded just six times this season.

Nabil El Zhar halved the deficit in the second half, finding the bottom corner of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's net with a low drive on the counter attack, but Messi's third goal saw out the win for Barcelona as the hosts matched Real Sociedad's unbeaten record in La Liga, a record that has stood since 1980.

Celta Vigo gave their hopes of playing in Europe a big boost as Lago Aspas scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 win at home to Sevilla, who looked exhausted following their Champions League game on Tuesday and who are suddenly in real danger of not qualifying for Europe next season.

Barca have now stretched their lead at the top of the table to 12 points, ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid who take on Real Madrid on Sunday. It's not easy to do something that hasn't been done for such a long time.

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Messi had been struggling with a groin injury, but opened the scoring with a magnificent free kick in the 27th minute and made it 2-0 five minutes later. Barcelona eased off in the second half, perhaps with the midweek clash at the Stadio Olimpico on their minds, and Leganes hit back midway through the second half. They are seven games short of becoming the first team to complete a 38-game Liga season unbeaten.

But Lionel Messi took the shine away from Leganes in the 87th minutes as he collected a pass and from inside the box he lifted the ball over Ivan Cuellar, who was off his line to make it 3 - 1 for Barcelona. "To score goals is always good".

Vincenzo Montella's side were taken apart by former striker Iago Aspas' hat-trick, as the ex-Liverpool man strengthened his claim for a place in Spain's World Cup squad.

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