Messi hat-trick helps power Barça to 5-0 winFebruary 16, 2015
A hat-trick from Messi and one each from Neymar and Suarez saw Barcelona dominate at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening when they played host to Levante, placed forth from bottom going into the weekend. Early on both teams created opportunities, but it was just after the quarter hour mark that Neymar managed to reach the back of the Levante net over the head of the visiting keeper.
Levante didn’t give up though and came close to equalising before Messi put the ball home at the 37th minute off a Bartra assist and came close to scoring again just before the half time whistle. Back on after the break it was clear that the Catalans had greater stamina and as time went on it looked increasingly like Barcelona would score again. At 58 minutes the goal came when Messi scored his second of the match, assisted by Pedro, and when Neymar was brought down inside the area Messi made it a hat-trick at the 64th minute from the penalty spot.
Suarez was brought on in place of Neymar for the last 25 minutes of the match and quickly made his mark off an Adriano assist, in a spectacular move that found the Levante net.
1-0 16′ Neymar (min 16)
2-0 37′ Messi (min 37)
3-0 58′ Messi (min 58)
4-0 64′ Messi (min 64)
5-0 72′ Suárez (min 72)