Messi hat trick helps keep Barça at the top

January 11, 2010

Having escaped the cold back home, FC Barcelona remained at the top of the Spanish League after their 5-0 defeat of Tenerife.

Although it took half an hour for the visiters to warm up and really take control of the match, when the goals started is was like they couldn’t be stopped. Messi scored in the 36th minute from a Bojan pass; a few minutes later Puyol headed the ball in from a Messi free kick; and Iniesta and Bojan provided Messi  with the opportunity for his second goal just before the break.

Although Tenerife looked already beaten, Barça’s second half attacks failed to get home until the last 15 minutes, when Bojan set up Leo Messi’s third goal of the match. And Pedro, who is originally from Tenerife,  came close to claiming one for himself just three minutes from the end; the ball was pushed into the net by Luna.

The result leaves Barcelona on top, still two points ahead of Real Madrid.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
17
13
4
0
42
10
43
2
Real Madrid
17
13
2
2
42
12
41
3
Valencia
17
10
5
2
31
15
35
4
Deportivo
17
9
4
4
20
16
31
5
Sevilla
17
9
3
5
28
17
30
6
Mallorca
17
9
3
5
30
20
30
7
Getafe
17
9
0
8
26
23
27
8
Athletic Bilbao
17
8
3
6
22
21
27
9
Sporting Gijón
17
6
6
5
18
17
24
10
Villarreal
17
6
5
6
26
21
23
11
Atlético Madrid
17
5
5
7
27
28
20
12
Racing Santander
17
5
4
8
21
26
19
13
Espanyol
17
5
4
8
12
23
19
14
Osasuna
17
4
5
8
14
20
17
15
Almería
17
4
5
8
17
27
17
16
Valladolid
17
3
7
7
22
31
16
17
Tenerife
17
4
3
10
15
35
15
18
Málaga
17
2
8
7
20
24
14
19
Zaragoza
17
3
4
10
18
37
13
20
Xerez
17
1
4
12
7
32
7

0-1, Messi (36)
0-2, Puyol (44)
0-3, Messi (45)
0-4, Messi (75)
0-5, Luna (own goal 87)

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