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Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 50 goals more than anyone else in La Liga history

Lionel Messi became the first player to reach 300 La Liga goals as he scored twice in Barcelona's victory over Sporting Gijon.

Barca are six points clear at the top thanks to a 31st game without defeat - extending their Spanish record.

Messi opened the scoring from just outside the box for goal number 300 but Carlos Castro levelled moments later.

Messi added his second from a pass by Luis Suarez, who then had a penalty saved before curling home a third goal.

On Sunday, Messi rolled a penalty into Suarez's path for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Celta Vigo.

But Suarez did not return the favour in Gijon, and keeper Ivan Cuellar guessed the right way to keep out his penalty kick.

Barcelona have now failed to score seven of their 15 directly taken penalties this season.

La Liga strugglers Sporting named a weakened team - instead prioritising Saturday's trip to Real Betis - with loan signing Alen Halilovic starting against his parent club.

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Enrique enjoys return to hometown

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is from Gijon and started his career with Sporting.

"I'm not very sentimental," he said. "I come to Gijon every summer and Christmas, so I see my family a lot. But it's always a pleasure to come to the Molinon, and it's been a very nice day all round for me.

"It is a privilege to have Messi whoever you are playing against. Suarez's goal did us a lot of good because it took off some of the pressure.

"We obviously need to do better from penalties but we have every confidence in Luis, Messi and Neymar. They're three great penalty takers."

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Line-ups

Sporting Gijón

  • 1Cuéllar
  • 11Lora
  • 4Lichnovsky Osorio
  • 28MeréBooked at 61mins
  • 15CanellaBooked at 90mins
  • 17Mascarell
  • 10Cases Mora
  • 22Pérez RodríguezSubstituted forLópez Blancoat 68'minutes
  • 25Halilovic
  • 3Menéndez DíezSubstituted forBarrera Garcíaat 74'minutes
  • 16CastroSubstituted forRodríguez Menéndezat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Barrera García
  • 9Guerrero
  • 13García Cabrera
  • 18López Blanco
  • 21Vranjes
  • 23Rodríguez Menéndez
  • 24Ait Atmane

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Vidal
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forBartraat 81'minutes
  • 24Mathieu
  • 21Correia
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 78minsSubstituted forMascheranoat 80'minutes
  • 7Turan
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Alves da Silva
  • 8Iniesta
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 23Vermaelen
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
28,140

Match Stats

Home TeamSporting GijónAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sporting de Gijón 1, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sporting de Gijón 1, Barcelona 3.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jorge Meré.

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

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jorge Meré.

Booking

Roberto Canella (Sporting de Gijón) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Roberto Canella (Sporting de Gijón).

Attempt missed. Alen Halilovic (Sporting de Gijón) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isma López.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Canella (Sporting de Gijón).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Marc Bartra replaces Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Javier Mascherano replaces Sergio Busquets.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Nacho Cases (Sporting de Gijón).

Attempt blocked. Álex Barrera (Sporting de Gijón) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jony with a cross.

Corner, Sporting de Gijón. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Álex Barrera replaces Álex Menéndez.

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adriano.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Roberto Canella (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Isma López replaces Pablo Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Jony replaces Castro.

Goal!

Goal! Sporting de Gijón 1, Barcelona 3. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aleix Vidal.

Attempt missed. Álex Menéndez (Sporting de Gijón) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alen Halilovic.

Penalty saved! Luis Suárez (Barcelona) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Jorge Meré (Sporting de Gijón) is shown the yellow card.

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

Penalty conceded by Iván Cuéllar (Sporting de Gijón) after a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Arda Turan with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Omar Mascarell (Sporting de Gijón) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álex Menéndez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) because of an injury.

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

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona24193265194660
2Atl Madrid24173435112454
3Real Madrid24165370234753
4Villarreal24146430181248
5Sevilla24117634241040
6Eibar2410683831736
7Ath Bilbao2410593534135
8Celta Vigo2410593542-735
9Dep La Coruña2461443330332
10Real Sociedad2486103434030
11Malaga2486102121030
12Valencia2461082825328
13Getafe2475122636-1026
14Real Betis2468101833-1526
15Rayo Vallecano2466123249-1724
16Sporting Gijón2465132741-1423
17Espanyol2464142148-2722
18Las Palmas2456132338-1521
19Granada2455142549-2420
20Levante2445152145-2417
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