Messi prop ensures Barcelona stay upon top

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Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Racing Santander upon Saturday, a feat that recorded a Spanish as well as European champions` one-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga.

Messi`s Argentinian general teammate Gonzalo Higuain had progressing strike his second hat-trick in a week to lead Real Madrid to a 4-1 mauling of Real Betis as Jose Mourinho`s organisation during a moment dislodged Barcelona from tip spot.

At Camp Nou, Messi`s brace, that took his fasten sum to 10 this season, as well as a singular header for captain Xavi Hernandez were sufficient to sign a points.

The outcome was never in disbelief as well as Barca were means to take their feet off a pedal towards a finish with a single eye upon Wednesday`s Champions League compare during home to Czech side Viktoria Plzen.

However, they will be yet defender Gerard Pique who limped off with a right thigh damage as well as will be out for during slightest dual weeks.

When asked how he keeps motivating Messi, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola said: “Today we never pronounced anything to him – we usually gave him a shirt as well as told him to go out as well as play.”

Barcelona indispensable usually 8 mins to mangle by opposite Racing Santander.

Andres Iniesta, in his initial diversion in a month after injury, incited deftly in a area to find Messi who skipped around Santander goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez `Tono` to pull a turn in to an open net.

Barcelona`s second came upon twenty-seven mins from a conduct of Xavi after great work as well as a excellent cranky from Pedro Rodriguez upon a left wing.

The chances a single after an additional to come as well as Messi was inches divided from removing his second upon 36 minutes.

A notation after Carles Puyol unsuccessful to finish from indicate vacant operation after Pedro Rodriguez had put him through.

Santander shielded stoutly as well as hold out until a 67th notation when Barca got their third.

When Iniesta perceived a pass from Messi upon a left palm side of a area he kick off dual defenders with a enchanting fool prior to distinguished a post usually for Messi to pounce to modify a rebound.

Higuain had strike 3 for Argentina in a World Cup subordinate feat opposite Chile as well as his golden strain a single after an additional upon Saturday with Real Madrid.

But notwithstanding Higuain`s scoring prowess, Mourinho insists that French general Karim Benzema is additionally in his thoughts when it comes to his starting line-up.

“Higuain is softened than prior to as well as in between him as well as Benzema it is formidable to speak about who is a underling as well as who plays,” pronounced Mourinho.

“Karim was upon a dais since we indispensable him. They have been dual really opposite forwards with a single thing in usual – they both measure goals.”

For Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo proposed his 100th compare as well as Mourinho`s organisation were quick in to their stride.

Kaka churned in a dangerous cranky from a left that Betis goalkeeper Casto Espinosa was usually means to resist out to Mesut Ozil whose shot was charged down by defender Antonio Amaya.

On twenty-one mins it was again a in-form Kaka who found Higuain with space to centre for Ronaldo whose glancing header should have put Madrid ahead.

Just prior to a break, Ronaldo teed-up Kaka yet a Brazilian`s shot went narrowly far-reaching as well as a closely fought first-half accomplished goalless.

Madrid were forward with thirty seconds of a restart.

Marcelo`s long, raking pass found Ronaldo`s aggressive run down a left as well as a single hold was all he indispensable to benefaction Higuain with an open goal.

Casto Espinosa came to Betis` rescue upon 56 minutes, restraint acrobatically twice to repudiate Higuain as well as thereafter Kaka.

However he could do zero dual mins after when Kaka placed a curling right-footed shot in to a bottom right corner.

Jorge Molina pulled a idea behind for Betis from tighten operation upon 69 mins after Ruben Castro fought his approach by a Madrid defence, yet any goal Betis had of receiving anything from a diversion lasted reduction than a minute.

Angel Di Maria found Higuain with a beautifully weighted pass from a right wing that left a Argentine to orderly take a turn turn Casto as well as finish in to an open net.

On 73 mins Higuain finished his hat-trick when his fellow citizen Di Maria again found him with a counterclaim bursting pass that he chipped over a approaching Casto.

Valencia longed for out upon fasten Madrid upon sixteen points after sketch 1-1 during Mallorca.

A Mehmet Topal sport in a third notation of time added-on authorised Israeli Tomer Hemed to equalize from a symbol for Mallorca after French general defender Adil Rami had scored from tighten operation upon 38 mins for Valencia.

In a late game, Atletico Madrid longed for a possibility to have up belligerent upon a early gait setters after a 0-0 pull divided to Granada.

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