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Messi hat-trick sees Barca past Real

CLASSIC ‘EL CLASICO’:The 4-3 win puts Barca within a point of Real, who are second, leading Gerardo Martino to say ‘the league starts anew’ after being written off


Ronaldo was unmoved, though, as he got up to take hammer the resulting spot-kick low past Valdes’ outstretched right hand.

However, the game turned again 25 minutes from time, when Messi released Neymar and he was brought down by Ramos.

Real’s captain for the evening was shown his 19th red card for Los Blancos for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity and Messi converted from the spot to make it 3-3.

Alves then struck the inside of the post from long range as Barca went in search of the goal that would salvage their title chances.

And Barcelona got it, when Mallenco awarded a third penalty of the evening as Iniesta tumbled inside the area and Messi again dispatched it perfectly high past Lopez.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Sevilla beat CA Osasuna 2-1, Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis Balompie 2-0 and Valencia beat Villarreal 2-1.

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