Messi Nets Hat-Trick As Barca Equal Record La Liga Unbeaten Run

Kristopher Nichols
April 11, 2018

However, Leganes responded through Nabil el Zhar who pulled one back before, abain, Messi scored from Ousmane Dembele's assist to complete his 45th career hat-trick.

European media outlet Don Balon say Messi - who is a hugely influential figure at the club - has told Barca bigwigs to let Alcacer leave.

Barcelona are on course to win a 25th La Liga title and their 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday saw them equal Real Sociedad's all-time record of 38 games without a top flight defeat, a mark they had held alone since 1980.

Barca to win to nil is priced at 8/15 (1.53), although more appealing is the price of 9/10 (1.90) for Valverde's side to win with a -2 handicap.

Messi was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch, but Philippe Coutinho also impressed throughout for Barcelona.

The second goal came from open play, but once again the Argentinian looked simply unstoppable.

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After being picked out by Philippe Coutinho, Messi then doubled the score-line, holding off two defenders before finding the net with a trademark finish, which he nearly passed into the goal. He secured the three points after 87 minutes, controlling a pass from Dembele and dinking it past the goalkeeper.

The 20-year-old has, however, proved his worth since recovering match sharpness and claims his unshakable belief has not been knocked by critics of his forced exit from Borussia Dortmund or his debut campaign in La Liga.

Second half staminaBarcelona have fallen behind eight times in the league this season but fought back to draw against Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Espanyol and Sevilla, while they rallied from a losing position to beat Real Sociedad, Getafe, Girona and Alaves.

Barcelona kept their quest for becoming the La Liga king this season and are doing so in an invincibility manner having not lost any game this season. It's not easy to do something that hasn't been done for such a long time.

Barcelona head to Roma for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

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