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Messi Hat-Trick Fires Barca Back To Winning Ways

Spanish La Liga 

Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Leganes

Date: 06 April 2018

Venue: Camp Nou

Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick to inspire LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.

After starting on the bench last weekend, Messi returned to the starting line up while Andre Gomes was handed a surprising start.

Barca should have taken the lead after 11 minutes when Gerard Pique was left unmarked in the box, but the defender headed over the crossbar.

However, Messi put the home side ahead on 27 minutes with a superb free-kick that found the top corner, 1-0.

Five minutes later, the Argentine bagged his and Barca's second on the night with a clinical finish after being played in by Philippe Coutinho.

The second half proved a cagey affair as Barca struggled to again break down visitors' defence.

Leganes pulled a goal back on 68 minutes as Nabil El Zhar found some space on the edge of the box before finding the bottom corner, 2-1.

Barca should have restored their two-goal lead in the 81st minute but Ousmane Dembele somehow blazed over the crossbar from close range.

Nevertheless, the win was sealed in the 87th minute as Dembele turned provider to pick out Messi, who completed his hat-trick with a smart finish from close range, 3-1.

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