Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona: Lionel Messi hat-trick salvages points
Lionel Messi put on a one-man show as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 to go 10 points at the highest point of La Liga.
The Barcelona skipper cancelled out Jesus Navas’s opener with a sensational volley from Ivan Rakitic’s cross.
Then after Gabriel Mercado sent Sevilla ahead again, against a Barcelona F.C side suffering in defence, Messi was on focus to level.
It was another special goal, this time with his right foot, curling home from the edge of the case from Ousmane Dembele’s pass.
Barca had played badly, with Suarez and Coutinho especially unknown, however Messi was, well, Messi.
He completed his hat-trick after Carles Alena’s shot deflected into his path, lofting the ball over Tomas Vaclik.
And the show wasn’t over, with Messi delivering an awesome help to tee up Suarez for the fourth.
The Uruguayan ended a bad run without a goal, this his first in six amusements.
Lionel Messi, 31, now has 25 La Liga goals for the season, and is the division’s best scorer by a long distance – next is Suarez on 16.
This was his 50th career hat-trick and 650th goal in his profession, his 585th for Barcelona.
Even though the Catalans, who saw Samuel Umtiti return from injury to play for the first time in months, were frustrating, Messi was taking care of business to acquire them the focuses in front of a tremendous week.