Barcelona successfully continued their winning run against city rivals Espanyol as Blaugrana made another victory over Espanyol by 5–1. Lionel Messi scored another was man of the match, scoring more hat-trick. The 27 year old forward scored third hat-trick in last four games. It has been a game of two halves as Espanyol did superbly in the first half to frustrate Barca and even took the lead early on through Sergio Garcia, but before the break, an equalizer from Messi ended first half with 1–1 score. Goals from Pedro, Pique and customary hat-trick from Messi eventually sealed the win for Barcelona in the rivalry match. Now, Barca are two points from the leader Real Madrid in the race of title.
Barcelona vs Espanyol 5–1 Goals Highlights Video
Espanyol looked compact in defense, dangerous in attack in the first half but Barca attacker came up strongly and broke away the defense of Parakeets, registered 5–1 victory over the city rivals. Barcelona move up to second while Espanyol stay in 12th position.
Visitors took the lead and stun the Camp Nou in 13th minute of the match with the goal of Sergio Garcia, who collects the ball before driving forward by Caicedo, cutting inside past Pique and lashing a cracking left footed strike into the corner.
But just before the break, an equalizer from Lionel Messi in 45th equalizes the scoreline. Xavi manages to sort his feet outside inside the box to tee up Messi on the edge of the box. The Argentine takes a touch past the defender and strike brilliantly into the bottom left corner.
After five minutes of second half, Messi once again smashed a right footed strike across the keeper into the corner and took lead over the visitors. Barca fans enjoyed a lot just after Messi goal, Pique rises above everyone to send a bouncing header into the net.
For Barcelona, that’s four when Alba superb diagonal pass picks out Pedro and he converted into the goal. But it was a day of Argentine who scored goal and registered his another hat-trick in the La Liga.