Messi scores second weekly hat-trick in Barca's win in Zaragoza

10:11, March 22, 2010      

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Barcelona striker Leo Messi scoredhis second La Liga hat-trick in a week and earned a penalty helping his team beat Zaragoza 4-2 away.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal against Zaragoza during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romadera stadium in Zaragoza. March 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

The Argentinean produced another magnificent performance to keep Barca level on points with Real Madrid, just seven days afterscoring three times against Valencia.

His performance was remarkable as he had been a doubt for the game with a mouth infection before recovering his place alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Pedro Rodriguez in the Barcelona attack.

Xavi Hernandez was still absent with a calf problem and Seydou Keita replaced him in midfield, while Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol were on the bench.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal against Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romadera stadium in Zaragoza March 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

The good news became even better for Barcelona after just four minutes when Messi scored with a header. The Zaragoza defense gavethe ball away far too easily, Pedro crossed from the left and Messi headed home from six yards out.

Toure Yaya and Ibrahimovich had chances to double Barcelona's lead, but Ibrahimovich missed a close range header before Zaragozafinally began to get into the game.

Eliseu had the home side best chance, although Dani Alves made a flying tackle before he could get a shot on goal. Although Zaragoza controlled the ball in the last 10 minutes of the first half, they were unable to trouble Barca's goalie Valdes.

The second half began with both sides looking to attack and Zaragoza threatened to pin Barcelona back into its own half, especially as Ibrahimovich was struggling to connect with his teammates.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) celebrates his goal with team mates Dani Alves (C) and Pedro against Zaragoza during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romadera stadium in Zaragoza March 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Messi added the second goal after 65 minutes with another individual work of magic. He robbed the ball for Ander 35 yards from goal, beat two Zaragoza defenders and drilled a low shot pastRoberto to make it 2-0.

Roberto then had to react well to stop Contini scoring an own goal as Barcelona took control.

Ibrahimovich missed again to make it 3-0 after 77 minutes, before Messi finished off his hat-trick a minute later with a curling left-foot shot.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores his second goal against Zaragoza during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romadera stadium in Zaragoza March 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Adrian Colunga then put Barcelona hearts in mouths with two late goals, before Messi provoked a penalty with another maze run in injury time.

Ibrahimovich, who had missed a bundle of chances in the game, stepped forward to convert the penalty.

Source: Xinhua
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