Leo Messi hat trick Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona cruised to a 5-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano, who lost two players to red cards. The Primera Division leaders restored their eight-point lead on Atletico Madrid and broke the Spanish record by completing their 35th straight game without a defeat in all competitions. Leo Messi hat trick
Barcelona were gifted the lead midway through the first half, when Rayo keeper Juan Carlos spilled a soft cross in front of Ivan Rakitic, who cleaned up to score the visitors’ opener. It was 2-0 a minute later as Messi played Neymar through on the wing, and the Brazilian crossed back for the Argentine to complete a tidy finish inside the near post.
Rayo went down to 10 men in the 41st minute when Diego Llorente slid into Rakitic with a high boot and saw a straight red card. Barcelona continued to press the hosts in the second half. Luis Suarez’s shot rebounded off the post directly to Messi, who tapped home to make it 3-0 in the 54th minute. Leo Messi hat trick Read More –