Barcelona inflicted further misery on Catalan rivals Espanyol when the sides met for their first derby of the season. Messi first found the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to put the visitors ahead.
Messi masterclass. 👽
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Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca’s lead with a curling finish before Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a tight angle. Another sensational Messi set-piece – this time from further out – completed the victory.
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The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on 28 points, swept to victory in Cornella as Messi put on a sublime show in the week he was ranked the fifth best player in the world at Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards.
1 – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored two direct free-kick goals in a La Liga game for the first time ever. Spectacular. pic.twitter.com/nggxGftamF
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