Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
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Messi makes more LaLiga history with goals record

Messi makes more LaLiga history with goals record

Barcelona capitalised to move three points clear, and never looked in danger at the RCDE Stadium, where they were 3-0 ahead by half-time.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was inspirational for Barca, opening the scoring with an unstoppable free-kick, then setting up Ousmane Dembele for a superb curling finish.

The visitors were in complete control and could have been out of sight shortly afterwards as both Luis Suarez and Messi rattled the woodwork, but the Uruguayan did eventually add his name to the scoresheet on the stroke of the break to all but put the game to bed.

Barca led in the 17th minute thanks to the first moment of Messi magic in an astounding display.

It was 2-0 on 26 minutes when Messi picked out Dembele in the Espanyol penalty area and the France global cut back inside to curl the ball past Lopez.

Messi tormented Espanyol's defence and created several openings for his team mates, with Suarez hitting the post from one delightful lobbed pass.

Dembele was the creator this time with a superb pass to Suarez, who slipped his finish through the legs of Lopez from a tight angle.

Espanyol's long wait for a derby win goes on, and the hosts were denied a consolation goal in the 74th minute when defender Oscar Duarte stabbed the ball in at close range from a free-kick.

What does it mean?

Messi has won the award five times in a glittering career but was overlooked at Monday's ceremony with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and victor Luka Modric all receiving more votes.

Lionel MESSI scored two free kick goals in FC Barcelona's 4-0 win against Espanyol.

Key Opta stats:- Ousmane Dembele has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight games for Barcelona in all competitions (three goals and five assists).

How many times will Messi score for Barcelona this season?

- Espanyol have lost four consecutive La Liga games for the first time since May 2012.

Lionel Messi wrote a fresh chapter in the LaLiga history books as the Barcelona captain set another record in his side's Catalan derby clash away to Espanyol.

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