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Messi scores again as Barca beat Athletic, Leganes beat Sevilla

20 March, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Rachael Silva
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After a quiet opening to the second half, Coutinho almost bagged a third goal on 57 minutes when his long-range effort was turned away by Kepa.

Ronaldo teed up Lucas Vazquez on the hour mark before completing his hat-trick four minutes later and adding a fourth in stoppage time.

Paco Alcacer had already given the hosts the lead at the Nou Camp, and the leaders went on to canter to a routine victory against a Bilbao side grateful they were not more soundly beaten.

Barcelona's march to the La Liga title continued with another win at the Camp Nou against Athletic Bilbao.

Messi in 28 appearances out of possible 29 in La Liga has netted 25 league goals for the Catalan giants. "We hope to keep on learning together".

Replacing the suspended Luis Suarez up front, the former Valencia forward dispatched his strike low into the bottom corner after being found on the penalty spot by Jordi Alba.


Real Madrid are 15 adrift of Spanish league leaders FC Barcelona and now occupying the third spot in league standings with 60 points.

Coutinho, the club's record signing, struck the woodwork for a second time as he tried to lob Kepa after latching onto a clever lofted pass from Paulinho, who then smacked a curling shot of his own against the upright. It will be a very special match for me.

Barca lead the standings on 75 points, 11 ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid who were visiting Villarreal later on Sunday, with champions Real Madrid hosting Girona.

But Unal headed in an 82nd-minute equaliser for the hosts and turned home a stoppage-time victor as Villarreal climbed up to fifth.

Earlier on Sunday Sevilla suffered a hangover from their Champions League triumph over Manchester United as they lost 2-1 at mid-table Leganes in La Liga on Sunday, their sixth defeat in 12 league games under coach Vincenzo Montella.

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