Messi scores hat-trick as Barça become table toppers

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Yesterday, FC Barcelona collected three points defeating Granada-based football club Granada CF 4–0 at Camp Nou in Barcelona in a La Liga match and became league leaders again.

File photo of Lionel Messi, who scored the hat-trick
Image: L.F.Salas.

Barcelona had greater ball possession. The match saw five yellow cards. Four away players and Aleix Vidal of Barcelona were yellow carded. More than thirty fouls were committed in the match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 8th minute, assisted by debutant Arda Turan. Minutes later, Uruguayan Luis Suárez assisted Messi and he netted the second goal in the 14th minute. Rubén Rochina was the first player to be booked in the 29th minute. First half ended in 2–0 with one yellow card shown.

I'm very satisfied with how the team played.

—Luis Enrique

In the second half Edgar Méndez and David Lombán of Granada were booked in 56th and 57th minute. In the next minute, Sergi Roberto assisted Brazilian Neymar whose try to net a goal was saved, but the ball deflected and Messi scored the third goal of the match, completing his hat-trick.

Dória was yellow carded at the 60th minute. Three minuted later, Aleix Vidal was yellow carded for a bad foul. Neymar, in the 83rd minute, scored the fourth goal of the match assisted by Suárez.

After the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said "I'm very satisfied with how the team played. Everybody was focused from the beginning and the players knew how important it was to win these three points."

Also yesterday Zinedine Zidane, recently appointed Real Madrid's new manager, secured a 5–0 win against Deportivo with Welsh winger Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick as well.

January 9, 2016
FC Barcelona 4–0 Granada CF Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 70,720
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain
Scored after 8 minutes 8' Lionel Messi
Scored after 14 minutes 14' Lionel Messi
Scored after 58 minutes 58' Lionel Messi
Scored after 83 minutes 83' Neymar
Booked after 63 minutes 63' Aleix Vidal
(2–0) HT Booked after 29 minutes 29' Rubén Rochina
Booked after 56 minutes 56' Edgar Méndez
Booked after 57 minutes 57' David Lombán
Booked after 60 minutes 60' Doria