Lionel Messi’s sensational form continued Sunday with his second consecutive Liga hat-trick as Barcelona rejoined leaders Real Madrid at the top following a 4-2 win at Real Zaragoza.
Doubtful for the trip with a tooth abscess, Messi followed up his treble against Valencia last weekend with yet another three-goal haul, taking his tally to 25 strikes in 24 league outings and ten goals in his last four matches in all competitions.
The Argentina forward’s second was a thrilling solo effort in the 66th minute, and he rounded off another memorable performance with a left-footed shot 12 minutes later. Substitute Adrián Colunga gave the hosts hope with a late double, only for Zlatan Ibrahimović to convert from the spot in added time. Josep Guardiola’s charges trail frontrunners Madrid on goal difference.
Valencia strengthened their hold on a UEFA Champions League berth thanks to a match-winning performance from David Silva at home against Almería. The midfielder set up Spanish international team-mate Juan Mata (63) before securing victory for the UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists seven minutes later, finding the net while laying on the ground.