Lionel Messi rating hat-trick as Barcelona surge Levante


Lionel Messi racked up yet one more hat-trick as Barcelona laid a couple of ghosts and sealed their place on top of La Liga with a 5-0 win at Levante.


The Argentina celebrity finished his 49th occupation hat-trick with his 50th objective for club and also a country of 2018 to guarantee Barca remain three points clear on top of the table.


The ruling champions required no tip of their last see to the Ciutat de Valencia, when their desire for completing an unbeaten domestic campaign was extinguished in a marvelous 5-4 loss in May.


But a repeat was never on the cards after Luis Suarez opened the scoring and Messi then took over in vogue with 3 goals in 17 minutes.



Thomas Vermaelen had a possibility to open the scoring after 9 mins but he failed to convert a free header from Messi's edge.


Moments later on Messi curled a shot wide, yet Levante had their minutes in the beginning as well, not the very least in the 32nd min when Emmanuel Boateng hammered a fired versus the underside of the crossbar which just stayed out.


It was a costly miss as 2 minutes later on Enis Bardhi's effort to play his way out of trouble backfired spectacularly.


The loosened ball fell to Messi, who jinked his way throughout the beyond the charge area before offering an unlikely reverse pass to Suarez.


There was still plenty to do however Suarez, with both feet off the ground, carried out a best-cushioned battery past Oier Olazabal to break the deadlock.


2 minutes before half-time Messi increased the lead, this time around after a mistake by Ruben Rochina on the midway line.


Rochina's pass went straight to Sergio Busquets, who immediately sent Messi competing through to fire with the legs of Oier as well as into the web.



Levante had plainly not discovered their lesson as, two minutes after the restart, one more loose come on midfield handed Barca their third.


This moment Suarez led the cost prior to feeding Jordi Alba, who drove the ball across the location for Messi to move home.


Messi finished his treble on the hr, Suarez bulldozing his way down the left before going across to Arturo Vidal, who laid the round back for the Argentinian to touch in.


Levante's currently slim hopes of duplicating last season's scoreline went away when they lost Erick Cabaco to a red card 14 minutes from completion.


Instead, Gerard Pique helped himself to the 5th, straying the size of the area trading passes as he went before concluding the scoring.

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