LaLiga: Title favourites Barcelona thrash Espanyol thanks to Lionel Messi's hat-trick

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed "extraordinary" Lionel Messi after the Argentina playmaker netted a hat-trick in the 5-0 thrashing of Catalan rivals Espanyol at the Nou Camp. But the Argentinean Wizard didn't stop there, he went-on to complete his hat-trick after the break from another Alba cross, putting Barca in a commanding position.

Gerard Pique got in on the act in the 87th minute with a powerful header before Luis Suarez rounded off the scoring on 90 minutes.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.

- Espanyol have gone 17 games without a win against Barcelona in La Liga (D3 L14), their worst run without a win in the Catalonian derby.

Zinedine Zidane was disappointed with his side's performance following their 1-1 La Liga draw with Levante.

Zinedine Zidane's men were held by Valencia before the global break and Lucas Vazquez's first-half response was only enough for another draw upon the resumption of the league.

Ivan "Ivi" Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute, flicking the ball into the air over Dani Carvajal as he tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

The 20-year-old showed why Barca have made him the third most expensive footballer ever, as his pinpoint cross was swept home by Suarez to round off the scoring after Gerard Pique had headed home Barca's fourth goal.

The points were safe midway through the half when Messi and Suarez played one-twos into the box and the ball broke to Alba, with the mercurial Argentinian on hand to convert the cutback once more.

At the Santiago Bernabeu, a much-changed Madrid paid a heavy price for a slow start as they dropped points at home for the second consecutive game.



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