Messi Nets Hat-Trick As Barca Equal Record La Liga Unbeaten Run

The final score flattered Barcelona in the end.

Gomes has started just six La Liga and Champions League matches this season, being used for a combined 732 minutes when accounting for substitute appearances.

La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi struck a hat-trick for the runaway leaders.

Last week against Sevilla, provided an illustration of Messi's importance to this Barcelona team, coming off the bench to salvage a point of his team.

Valverde admitted the forward isn't completely rid of the hamstring problem which kept him out of Argentina's games against Italy and Spain a fortnight ago but suggested the best medicine is being on the pitch.

Ernesto Valverde's charges continued to dominate in the second half although they did not have much joy in the final third as Leganes were intent on shutting shop at the back.

"We'll see how Messi is feeling after training".

Speaking to BeIN Sports last month, Alcacer said: "The team only thinks about the games and not on the league table". In each one of theses games, except against Girona, Barca turned their fortunes around with the help of goals scored in the second half, while 49 of the team's 79 goals in the campaign have come after halftime.

Valverde says he "will not take risks" with his players' fitness at this stage of the season, with Busquets expected to join the injured Lucas Digne on the sidelines.

Lionel Messi netted his 45th career hat-trick, including a stunning free kick, to ensure Barcelona made it 38 league games unbeaten.

The win means Barcelona equal the 38-game record for remaining unbeaten in La Liga set by Real Sociedad in 1980, but more importantly it piles the pressure on Atletico Madrid who play away to neighbors Real Madrid on Sunday.

"No, we're not thinking about that", the coach said.

"They are important records and we can achieve something with a win or draw tomorrow".

Barcelona needed an injury time victor to beat Leganes 2-1 at home last term and dabblebet price them at 2/15 (1.13) to record another win. "But yes, it's nice that we have a chance to do it".

Sevilla, who also scored an own goal in their midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and have now lost four of their last five matches, nearly levelled things up three minutes before the break but Sandro Ramirez's volley was kept out by goalkeeper Sergio.

  • Rosalie Stanley