Messi reigns supreme as Barcelona beats Sevilla 5-1November 24, 2014
FC Barcelona showed they were really back in the driving seat on Saturday, with a tremendous 5-1 win against Sevilla in which Lionel Messi scored a hat trick that made him the biggest scoring player in La Liga of all time.
Barcelona dominated the first half, with Messi scoring the opener after being brought down just outside the box 20 minutes in. His free kick curled over the four-man wall and into the corner of the goal, sending the Nou Camp public into ecstacy. That goal equalled the tally of Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra of 251 that had stood since 1955, which Messi had been aiming for for a few matches now, but unable to make reality so must have boosted his morale.
However, it didn’t all go Barça’s way after the break when Jordi Alba deflected the ball into his own net for Sevilla to equalise. Neymar put Barcelona back in front through when he headed the ball into the net from a a Xavi free kick. Rakitic also used his head to score Barça’s third of the night 20 minutes into the second half, which was set up by Suarez.
Five minutes later Neymar set up Messi to score his second of the night and make him the all time top scorer in the Spanish League. Understandably both his team mates and crowd went crazy, with Messi’s name being chanted over and over, while the Argentine was thrown into the air by the other players. Messi was not yet finished though and a few minutes later he made it 5-1 for Barça, once again set up by Neymar.
1-0 Messi (min 20)
1-1 Jordi Alba (min 46)
2-1 Neymar (min 48)
3-1 Rakitic (min 64)
4-1 Messi (min 71)
5-1 Messi (min 77)