Lionel Messi finished only fifth in the election of the Golden Ball, but that left the small Argentinian is clearly not to his heart. The Flea glittered in the stadsderby between Espanyol and Barcelona with an assist and two goals – two fantastic free-kicks – guided he, the Blaugrana , after all, along the city rival: it was 0-4. The Catalans are as again match organiser. Thomas Vermaelen remained the whole match on the bench.
Messi awarded Espanyol 17 minutes before a first strike. From about 20 yards away threw he the ball helplessly past goalkeeper Lopez. Ten minutes later beat Barcelona again. This time through Ousmane Dembélé, who – after an assist from Messi – the 0-2 against the ropes worked. On the stroke of peace closed Luis Suarez’s books all the way for Espanyol: 0-3.
The Messi-show, however, was still not over, because after 65 minutes, threw Messi in a lovely way, a second free-kick past Lopez: 0-4. Ex-native of bruges, Oscar Duarte appeared a moment later, the score still on a corner for Espanyol with a goaltje, but that was outside the VAR calculated: the hit of the Costa Rican was disapproved because of offside. To the end changed nothing more in the slotkwartier: it remained 0-4.
In the state takes Barcelona a lead of three points on the first chasers Sevilla and Atlético Madrid. Deportivo Alavés, the number four, has one point less. Real Madrid follow five points, but may be tomorrow to two units approach if it wins at hekkensluiter SD Huesca.