Lionel Messi Completes Magnificent Hat Trick in Win Over Real Betis

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They stood up, applauded Messi and joined with Barcelona fans in chanting his name.

"No, I can not remember that happening before".

Barca now have a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid and a 12-point lead over Real, and their talisman Messi has played a considerable role in their dominant title defence.

Real Madrid have struggled considerably since his departure having already sacked two managers in Julen Lopitagui and Santiago Solari, crashed out of both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and effectively conceded the La Liga title.

Luis Suarez has given Barcelona an injury scare ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

"We're always treated very well when we come to this stadium". "Worse things have happened".

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After the game, the Argentine acknowledged the support of his opponent team's fans, adding that he did not remember seeing it before.

"The boss read the game very well, tactically it was ideal and we didn't suffer, just the opposite". The ball went over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Pau Lopez before it deflected off the crossbar and crashed into the net. Messi, though, is used to special.

Luis Suarez then scored the third goal for Barcelona in the 63rd minute, and it was defender Gerard Pique who created the assist.

After Messi's final strike, a brilliant chip from the edge of the box which went in off the underside of the bar, the home fans at the Benito Villamarin Stadium rose as one to hail the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

After tests on Monday morning, it's been found that Suarez has a tear in his right ankle. "He is able to singlehandedly decide games".

Sevilla won 1-0 at Espanyol on the return of Joaquin Caparros, who coached his 500th league match. Loren Moron scored Real Betis' only goal.