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Lionel Messi nets brace as Barcelona destroy Espanyol to go 3 points clear in La Liga




- Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez all netted to hand Barca a 3-0 lead going into the break

- The Argentine completed his brace in the second stanza— both goals coming from free-kicks

- Espanyol’s consolation goal through Óscar Duarte was ruled offside by the VAR in the closing stages of the game

Lionel Messi netted two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed city rivals Espanyol 4-0 on on Saturday, December 8, in Catalan derby to move three points clear at the summit of La Liga.

The defending champions commenced hostilities at the at RCDE Stadium level on points with pair of Sevilla and Atlético Madrid saw Messi put up a world class performance all through the game.

The Argentine fired home a direct free-kick in the 17th minute and skillfully set up Ousmane Dembélé for Barcelona’s second of the night.

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