Another hat-trick from Messi keeps Barca in top spot

23 Oct

A Lionel Messi hat-trick helped Barcelona take all three points against plucky Deportivo La Corua in a nine-goal thriller at the Nou Camp stadium. Jordi Alba and Cristian Tello also scored as Tito Vilanova’s side clinched a 5-4 victory to keep them at the top of the table.

Atltico Madrid keep pace with Bara after snatching a last-minute victory at Real Sociedad thanks to the prolific Falcao.

Despite their injury-weakened side, Real Madrid managed to secure a comfortable 2-0 win over Celta Vigo. Thanks to Higuain’s cross-come-shot and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo, Real now sit in fourth place in the table.

Valencia snatched a 3-2 victory away from 10-man Athletic Bilbao with two late goals from Tino Costa and Nelso Valdez adding to a Roberto Soldado penalty to make sure of the three points.

Mlaga came from behind to beat 10-man Valladolid 2-1, with Joaquin slotting in the winner just three minutes from time.

Espanyol got their first win of the season and finally moved off the foot of the table after a thrilling 3-2 home victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Osasuna, however, slipped to the bottom of the standings after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Real Betis.

Levante snatched a 1-0 win away at Getafe with Michel firing home in the 87th minute after a closely-fought contest.

Real Zaragoza moved above Granada in the table after a solid first half secured a 2-1 away win.

Sunday 21st October
Getafe 0 – 1 Levante
Espanyol 3 – 2 Rayo Vallecano
Osasuna 0 – 0 Real Betis
Real Sociedad 0 – 1 Atltico Madrid
Granada 1 – 2 Real Zaragoza
Saturday 20th October
Malaga 2 – 1 Valladolid
Real Madrid 2 – 0 Celta Vigo
Deportivo La Coruna 4 – 5 Barcelona
Valencia 3 – 2 Athletic Bilbao

Liga standings after 8 games (*game in hand):
1 Barcelona 22
2 Atltico Madrid 22
3 Mlaga 17
4 Real Madrid 14
5 Real Betis 13
6 Levante 13
7 Real Mallorca* 11
8 Sevilla* 11
9 Valencia 11
10 Real Valladolid 10
11 Getafe 10
12 Rayo Vallecano 10
13 Celta Vigo 9
14 Real Zaragoza 9
15 Real Sociedad 9
16 Granada 8
17 Athletic Bilbao 8
18 Deportivo La Corua 6
19 Espanyol 5
20 Osasuna 5

Monday 22nd October
21:30 Sevilla vs Mallorca
Saturday 27th October
16:00 Espanyol vs Mlaga
18:00 Real Betis vs Valencia
20:00 Celta Vigo vs Deportivo La Corua
22:00 Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona
Sunday 28th October
12:00 Real Zaragoza vs Sevilla
16:00 Levante vs Granada
17:50 Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe
19:45 Atltico Madrid vs Osasuna
21:30 Mallorca vs Real Madrid
Monday 29th October
21:30 Valladolid vs Real Sociedad

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