Messi claims hat-trick as Barcelona crush Espanyol

Messi claims hat-trick as Barcelona crush Espanyol
Source: BBC
Date: 09-09-2017 Time: 08:09:04:pm
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help see off Espanyol in the Catalan derby and take Barcelona top of La Liga.

Messi collected Ivan Rakitic's pass before curling in the opening goal and added a second from close range following Jordi Alba's pull-back.

The Argentina forward completed his 38th Barcelona hat-trick when he finished off from another Alba cross.

Gerard Pique headed in from a corner before Luis Suarez converted from debutant Ousmane Dembele's low pass.

Dembele, the world's second most expensive footballer who joined from Borussia Dortmund for a fee that could rise £135.5m, came on as a second-half substitute.

Barcelona are the only team with a 100% record and are yet to concede a goal, while La Liga champions Real Madrid are sixth after a 1-1 home draw against Levante earlier on Saturday.

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