Lionel Messi’s brilliance sealed a thrilling 4-3 victory in the Clasico and ensured that Barcelona remain in the hunt to retain their La Liga title.
In a match featuring three penalties – all scored – and the harsh sending off of Real defender Sergio Ramos, Messi scored a hat-trick and also provided the assist for Andres Iniesta’s opener and a sublime pass for the penalty won by Neymar. “La Liga is not over,” Gerardo Martino said after watching his side close to within a point of title rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.
“We were given up for dead but with this result today we are right back in it. This was our last chance. We did not want to be left out.”
Messi’s hat-trick took him onto a total of 236 goals in the league, overtaking Hugo Sanchez in La Liga history.
Goals galore in record-breaking Premier League weekend
Premier League supporters were thrilled by a record-breaking weekend of goalscoring from the latest round of action in England.
The primary headline-makers were Chelsea, who ran riot against title rivals Arsenal, scoring four times before half-time in a 6-0 thrashing that maintained their four-point lead at the head of the EPL table.
That scoreline only marginally overshadowed the ruthless performances of the other title challengers, with second-placed Liverpool also scoring six in their away win in Cardiff and Manchester City, third but with three games in hand over the leaders, winning 5-0 against bottom side …