The strike was his 420th in La Liga, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s report of 419 targets scored in Europe’s ‘high 5’ leagues — Spain, England, Germany, Italy and France.
Regardless of ending the match with simply 9 males on the pitch, Barcelona hammered Sevilla Four-Zero to remain inside two factors of Actual Madrid on the high of La Liga.
The house aspect scored three targets in eight first-half minutes, the primary an acrobatic effort from Luis Suarez, earlier than Messi wrapped up the three factors late on.
Sunday’s four-goal haul took Barcelona’s complete scored underneath coach Ernesto Valverde to greater than 300, with Messi, unsurprisingly, main the charts with 97.
“I feel the outcome at half-time was most likely a bit deceptive,” Valverde stated after the match. “We have been in a position to end our probabilities, they weren’t. Earlier than we scored the primary objective, they induced us issues as a result of that they had males getting ahead out large.
“As soon as we bought the objective, I feel that open sport they wished to play allowed us to create probabilities ourselves. Groups begin pressuring you however it’s a must to make it final 90 minutes.
“As the primary half went on, their legs bought drained and that is when you will discover the area. The sport opened up much more and we completed it off.”
Actual Madrid survived a second-half scare to beat Granada and retains its two-point cushion on the high of the desk.
Regardless of cruising Three-Zero after an hour due to targets from Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard — his first in Actual Madrid colours — and Luka Modric, Granada scored two targets within the area of eight minutes to arrange a nervy end.
Nevertheless, with the guests urgent looking for an equalizer, Actual hit Granada on the counter and secured the three factors by way of James Rodriguez’s stoppage-time effort.
“We would like extra, we’re perfectionists,” coach Zinedine Zidane stated after the match. “We would like it, we want it and we are going to get it accomplished. I’m proud of what they’re doing. There are not any simple video games and also you should be on from the primary minute.
“I feel we will all be blissful, as a result of we’re on the high of the desk and it will likely be an extended journey. We have now onerous work forward. It’s a disgrace that so many gamers are going to play for his or her nations however we should settle for that they won’t get to relaxation up.
“We have to give attention to the positives. We have to enhance and that’s what we are going to do. We’re higher than we have been a month in the past and we are going to enhance as a result of every participant brings one thing to the staff, and you’ll see that.”
Juve goes high of Serie A
Sunday was billed as the primary actual Serie A examination of Antonio Conte’s new-look Inter Milan, as Juventus visited the San Siro to supply an early litmus check of the Nerazzurri’s title credentials.
Having beforehand secured seven wins from its opening seven video games, Inter was assured of claiming a primary Derby d’Italia victory in additional than three years.
Nevertheless, it took Juventus simply 4 minutes to silence the San Siro crowd as Paulo Dybala struck a fizzing opener previous Samir Handanovic into the far nook.
Juve’s lead would final lower than 5 minutes, as Matthijs de Ligt’s clumsy handball allowed Lautaro Martinez the prospect to seek out the equalizer from the penalty spot.
With the sport tapering off to a draw, Gonzalo Higuian got here off the bench to present Juventus a vital win with simply 10 minutes remaining.
“It was a match towards a really, very robust staff and I am sorry in regards to the loss,” Conte stated after the sport. “In the beginning of the second half, we did not do nicely however then we bought again into the sport and both aspect might have scored.
“There have been probabilities at each ends however they scored, utilizing every little thing of their arsenal and making their expertise depend. I haven’t got something to say to the fellows as a result of we nonetheless have an extended solution to go when it comes to how we handle and perceive moments in a match.
“Congratulations to them, we’ll roll up our sleeves and preserve working onerous to maneuver ahead on our journey. There are not any shortcuts on this regard, they’re at a unique degree and we’re trying to enhance in order that we will shut the hole.”
Bundesliga heats up
Hoffenheim produced the shock of the Bundesliga season up to now, beating Bayern Munich on the Allianz Area due to Sargis Adamyan’s brace on his first league begin.
With only one win to its title all season, Hoffenheim was a deserving winner towards a Bayern aspect that had been the speak of Europa since its 7-2 hammering of Tottenham through the week.
The upset signifies that simply two factors separate first and seventh within the desk in what has the potential to be essentially the most thrilling title race for a number of seasons.
Borussia Dortmund did not benefit from Bayern’s slip up, twice relinquishing the lead towards Freiburg to stay eighth within the desk.