Messi hat-trick against 9 man RayoMarch 4, 2016
Barcelona retain their lead at the top of the table after a 5-1 against Rayo Vallecano in Madrid last night. The match saw Leo Messi score a hat-trick while the hosts went down to 9 men. The result means Barça have created a new Spanish record for the number of games unbeaten across all competitions. With 35 matches since their were last beaten they beat Real Madrid’s 27 year old record.
The match started out with both teams playing well. But Rayo were rattled after their keeper dropped the ball at the feet of Rakitic. He made the most of the situation to score the opener and soon after Messi extended the lead with help from Neymar. And then, three minutes before the break, Diego Llorente was shown the red card after a hard tackle on Rakitic met his knee. The Catalans would have the clear advantage in the second half.
Seven minutes after the break Messi scored his second of the night off a rebound after Suarez hit the post. 3-0 ahead and with a one man advantage the job was pretty much done. However, that didn’t stop Rayo from trying and four minutes later Manucho scored one for the home team.
Some ten minutes later Suarez kicked from the penalty spot after Iturra was sent off for tugging on Busquets’ shirt in the area, ensuring he missed what seemed an unmissable goal. Sadly Suarez hit the post. But then Messi made his hat-trick. Finally Arda Turan scored with five minutes remaining on the clock to make it 5-1 to the Catalans.
0-1 Rakitic (min 21)
0-2 Messi (min 22)
0-3 Messi (min 52)
1-3 Manucho (min 56)
1-4 Messi (min 71)
1-5 Turan (min 85)