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Barcelona 5-0 Levante

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has now scored 26 league goals this season

Lionel Messi scored his 23rd hat-trick on his 300th La Liga appearance for Barcelona who swept past Levante.

The result means Barca are once again only a point behind leaders Real Madrid, who beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Saturday.

Neymar scored the opener with an effort that spun in off his foot, before Messi drilled in, tapped home his second and then made it 4-0 from the spot.

Luis Suarez scored the goal of the game when he acrobatically volleyed in.

It was a stunning finish by the substitute that mirrored the excellent performance by Barca, who have now won their last 11 games in all competitions - equalling the streak in 2008-09 under then coach Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez
Barcelona's Luis Suarez scored the fifth Barca goal with a stunning finish

Barca opened the scoring in rather fortunate circumstances when Neymar's strike, from Messi's delivery, spun up in the air before dropping just over the line.

Less bizarre was the Barcelona's second. Messi was again alert to what was going on behind him, latching on to Marc Bartra's pass before firing in.

Messi's La Liga record
The mercurial maestro has now scored 269 goals in 300 league matches - an average of 0.89 goals per game

And it was 3-0 14 minutes after the break, when the Argentine forward tapped in after Pedro brilliantly diverted Sergio Busquets's chipped ball into his path. The 27-year-old then completed his hat-trick with 26th league goal of the season - a penalty after Ivan Lopez had bundled over Neymar.

The Brazilian was later taken off and replaced by £75m summer signing Suarez. The Uruguay forward, who had only scored four times this season, marked his cameo appearance with on outstanding goal, converting Adriano's cross from the left with a scissor-kick volley.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique:

"Records are obviously positive, but they don't interest me.

"The players aren't overly euphoric because they know how hard it is to win titles.

"If the fans are euphoric then great. We need to be optimistic, but it isn't important how many games we have won. What counts is if they help us to win trophies."

Neymar
Neymar scored his 17th league goal of the season to put Barca ahead
Lionel Messi and Marc Bartra
Lionel Messi (left) congratulated Marc Bartra for providing the pass for the opener
Luis Enrique (left)
Barca coach Luis Enrique (right) took over at the Nou Camp last summer
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez, who has impressed in recent games, scored a brilliant fifth

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 2Montoya
  • 15Bartra
  • 14Mascherano
  • 21Adriano
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forSergiat 62'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 77mins
  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 10Messi
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forL Suárezat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 3Piqué
  • 9L Suárez
  • 12Rafinha
  • 18Alba
  • 20Sergi
  • 24Mathieu

Levante

  • 13Mariño
  • 2López MendozaSubstituted forRemeseiro Salgueiroat 71'minutes
  • 4Navarro
  • 14RamisBooked at 64mins
  • 3García Aranda
  • 17Xumetra
  • 24Mate Junior
  • 23DiopSubstituted forMartín-Bejarano Serranoat 78'minutes
  • 11Morales Nogales
  • 7BarralBooked at 68mins
  • 5UcheSubstituted forCasadesús Castañoat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fernández Collado
  • 6Vyntra
  • 10García Santos
  • 12García García
  • 18Casadesús Castaño
  • 25Martín-Bejarano Serrano
  • 30Remeseiro Salgueiro
Referee:
Mario Melero López
Attendance:
74,963

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 5, Levante 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Levante 0.

Attempt saved. Jason (Levante) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Casadesús with a through ball.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Mariño.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. José Mari replaces Pape Diop.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

Jason (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Levante 0. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adriano with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Simao.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Jason replaces Iván López.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Casadesús (Levante).

Attempt missed. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pedro.

Booking

David Barral (Levante) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martín Montoya (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Luis Suárez replaces Neymar.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

Simao (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Levante 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Iván Ramis (Levante) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Barcelona. Neymar draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Iván López (Levante) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Casadesús replaces Kalu Uche.

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Levante 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt blocked. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

Iván López (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simao (Levante).

Second Half

Second Half begins Barcelona 2, Levante 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Barcelona 2, Levante 0.

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