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Highlights: Lionel Messi hat-trick takes Barcelona to 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna

3.22K   //    19 Jan 2015, 01:43 IST
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barcelona’s first goal against Deportivo la Coruna

Lionel Messi scored the 30th hat-trick of his Barcelona career as Barcelona rode on their talisman’s performance to secure a 4-0 victory away at Deportivo La Coruna’s Estadio Riazor, and move into second place one point behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Messi scored the first goal with a looping header in the 10th minute, slotted in a Neymar pass over the keeper’s head for his second in the 33rd minute, and grabbed his third with a low shot in the 62nd minute. Ivan Rakitic was the initiator of the moves that resulted in Messi’s first and third.

An own-goal in the 83rd minute, coming about after a clearance bounced off a helpless Sidnei da Silva Junior, further stretched the Blaugrana lead and compunded Deportivo’s misery on the night.

It was a commanding performance by the Catalan club, who had 68% possession and 14 attempts at goal on the night, and it was a surprise that Messi was the only player on the scoresheet, who has now scored six of his side's last eight league goals. Going by the numbers, the off-pitch speculations surrounding him has not affected his game much.

Lionel Messi's hat-trick was his 22nd in La Liga, the same number as Alfredo Di Stefano and Telmo Zarra. Real's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 23 La Liga hat-tricks.

Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Barcelona: Messi (10’)

Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Barcelona: Messi (33’)

 Deportivo La Coruna 0-3 Barcelona: Messi (62’)

 Deportivo La Coruna 0-4 Barcelona: Sidnei og (83’)

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