Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona: Messi hat-trick settles enthralling Clasico clash



A hat-trick from Lionel Messi – including two penalties – saw Barcelona record a thrilling 4-3 win over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

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Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer struck two second-half spot kicks as the Catalan giants came from behind twice to win a pulsating encounter in the capital.

The second of those penalties, scored with six minutes left after
Xabi Alonso clumsily fouled Andres Iniesta, was hammered into the
top-right corner as the defending champions closed to within one point
of Real – and city rivals Atletico – in the Liga table.

Iniesta’s early goal was cancelled out by a pair of Karim Benzema
strikes, and although Messi levelled before half-time, a controversial
Cristiano Ronaldo penalty put Real back in front.


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Sergio Ramos was then sent off for tripping Neymar, though, and Messi’s first penalty restored parity.
And the Argentina star – who became the top scorer in Clasicos with his
treble, overtaking Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano – held his
nerve when presented with another penalty as his side notched their
first league double over their rivals since the 2009-10 season.

Much was made of the influence Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar would have on the contest, but all three were not at their best, leaving Messi to play the starring role in the Spanish capital.

Neymar had an early strike saved before Iniesta fired Barcelona into the lead to cap a superb team move in the seventh minute.

Real Madrid supporters were quick to voice their displeasure as the
visitors enjoyed a spell of possession, but their whistles turned to
silence as Messi’s angled ball sent Iniesta through on goal and the
midfielder thrashed a powerful left-footed finish past Diego Lopez.


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Benzema, who had already spurned two chances, missed a golden chance to
level when he turned over after an Angel Di Maria cut-back, and Messi
shot wide when he seemed more likely to double Barcelona’s lead.
Benzema eventually scored for Real, with his powerful header – which
came from another cross from the outstanding Di Maria – too hot to
handle for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, going in off the post to
level proceedings in the 20th minute.

And Benzema doubled his account just four minutes later, as Di Maria, who needed treatment just moments before, again found the forward, who chested down before volleying a classic centre-forward’s goal past Valdes.

Benzema could have had a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes, but saw Gerard Pique clear a curling effort off the line and Messi punished the hosts when he capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to score from close range just before the break.


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chiboy okere
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Barca is always the best

victor ndah
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hmm thats their calling

Osylove
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Am not a football frick….so i dont understand.

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