Messi treble stretches Barca lead over wasteful Real

Messi treble stretches Barca lead over wasteful Real

Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat trick as Barcelona continued their ideal start to the La Liga season with a 5-0 victory over city rival Espanyol in the Catalan Derby on Saturday.

Fantastic geometry from the home side's forwards saw Messi and Suarez interchange, before Deulofeu had to intervene and squared for the little magician, who coolly swept home for his hat-trick.

The opener arrived from the expected source but Messi should have been flagged offside before controlling Rakitic's immaculate pass, cleverly turning David Lopez and rifling into the top corner.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.

Dembele has the unenviable task of replacing the departed Neymar and Barca's 105 million-euro man had to wait until 22 minutes from time for his debut as he replaced Gerard Deulofeu to a standing ovation.

FW Ousmane Dembele, 7 - Handed his Barca debut with just over 20 minutes to play and showed a glimpse of what his new supporters can expect with a great pass for Suarez's goal.

From there, Barca never looked back.

However, the club have come in for some criticism for their transfer dealings, president Josep Maria Bartomeu also facing a vote of no confidence.

Club-record signing Dembele set up Luis Suarez to complete the scoring after Gerard Pique headed a fourth from Ivan Rakitic's 87th-minute corner and Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at home to Levante earlier on Saturday means Barca hold a four-point advantage over the champion after three matches. "We need to think about it".

The hosts were dealt another blow midway through the first half as Karim Benzema limped off and with no other natural striker on the bench, Bale was forced to play as an auxiliary centre-forward.

The Spanish forward came close to doubling the lead from a free kick which whistled past the near post but Real pulled themselves level in the 36th minute when Lucas Vazquez tapped in from close range after Levante goalkeeper Raul Fernandez could only parry a header from Sergio Ramos.

And then there was Gareth Bale. Toni Kroos nearly cut through the gloom to clinch it when he rattled a post deep into stoppage time.

Valverde had a two-year spell as an Espanyol player between 1986 and 1988, reaching the 1988 UEFA Cup final, and later guided Barcelona's city rivals to the 2007 UEFA Cup final, where they also lost on penalties, during a two-year tenure as coach.

Related News:

  • Apple patents backlight for its iPhone, Apple Watch

    Apple patents backlight for its iPhone, Apple Watch

    By removing the home button, the phone will have a "virtual" area that will function as the home button. A concept rendering of the redesigned iPhone X shows the camera's rumored vertical layout.
    Magellan Midstream Partners LP

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP

    The pipeline company reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.07. As of the end of the quarter Hite Hedge Asset Management LLC had sold a total of 193,420 shares trimming its holdings by 29.1%.
    Steelers To Sign CB Joe Haden To Multiyear Deal

    Steelers To Sign CB Joe Haden To Multiyear Deal

    The team was reportedly trying to trade Haden on Tuesday and that effort ultimately came to an end with his release. Here's what we know: The Cleveland Browns released Joe Haden , still a very good corner, earlier this morning.
  • Amazon Intends To Spend $5 Billion In Second HQ In The US

    Amazon Intends To Spend $5 Billion In Second HQ In The US

    Louis meant keeping 3,100 jobs, for comparison. "We can pull these things off and we have a lot of room to grow", Lewis said. With more than 380,000 employees worldwide, Amazon is the "Most Innovative Company" on the Fast Company's 2017 list.
    Hummels header helps Germans handle Czechs

    Hummels header helps Germans handle Czechs

    Both teams are in the fight for a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup out of Group C and should have a contested clash for the three points from the game.
    32 volunteers come from Western Pa., more coming — Red Cross

    32 volunteers come from Western Pa., more coming — Red Cross

    According to McGovern, there are 32,000 people living in 230 shelters across the state and that number is expected to rise. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fiscal Q3 Beats Views Amid Restructuring

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fiscal Q3 Beats Views Amid Restructuring

    Next Financial Group, Inc now controls 3,235 shares with a value of $54,000,000. 23,048 are held by Nordea Invest. James Investment Research Inc. boosted its stake in Hewlett Packard Enterprise by 8.8% during the 1st quarter.
    Vettel salvages third at Monza despite damage

    Vettel salvages third at Monza despite damage

    It was an important day; something did not come together. "We have a good auto so we don't need to be afraid". Hamilton's teammate Vallteri Bottas finished second to give Mercedes a satisfying one-two victory.
    Kasich: Trump used Arpaio pardon as a 'political wedge'

    Kasich: Trump used Arpaio pardon as a 'political wedge'

    Arpaio gained many critics during his time, and the speculation on the pardon had been brewing since the day Arpaio was convicted. After talking with Sessions, Trump chose to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.
  • What to Expect From Apple's iPhone 8

    The iPhone 7 launch event was hosted in 2016 on September 7, a Wednesday and it opened for pre-booking from September 9, a Friday. Then we talk about the pricing strategy of the iPhone 8 and whether we could see Apple launching three iPhones instead of one.
    Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

    Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

    Of course, proponents expected the federal government would pay for most of the dike's construction costs. The waiting period might be shorter - around 10 to 14 days - if you buy private flood insurance .
    Kim Jong-un's Wife Gave Birth to their Third Child

    Kim Jong-un's Wife Gave Birth to their Third Child

    The children, unless the regime collapses, will likely follow in the footsteps of Kim in North Korea's communist-monarchy. The NIS was briefing lawmakers in the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee.


Most liked

Questioning Foreignness Is Like Being In La La Land, Says Raghuram Rajan
The BBB has "not so clearly distinguished in terms of distance from government and to some extent needs perhaps more work to strengthen its autonomy and independence", he said.

Losing Lalu out of question, says Rahul Gandhi; Bihar Congress lawmakers bemused
The sources added that the Congress might initiate some changes in the party soon, though no official confirmation was available. A Congress worker can not approve of this because what Nitish did is not only opportunism but also a compromise with ideology.

No-fly rules finalised, has minimum 2-year ban
Appeals against a ban will be heard by an Appellate Committee that will be formed by the civil aviation ministry. The ban on flying would be based on specific rules and not on the personal opinions of the airlines staff.

Jacksonville among 32 USA cities to bid for 2026 World Cup
Stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group-stage matches and at least 80,000 for the opening game and final. But there are also less likely venues: Birmingham, Ala.; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City, and Regina, Saskatchewan.

Premier League to close window before 2018-19 season starts
The Premier League transfer window will now close before the English top flight season starts. "That is good news", he said. You get on with the season", the 24-year-old said.

Police officer who aggressively arrested nurse for doing her job is fired
How did the university police and security respond? Suddenly, Payne snaps and tries to grab the phone off Wubbles. The paramedic that arrested Wubbard was sacked from his position Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger compares Kylian Mbappe to Pele after forward completes PSG move
Both clubs were fined 60 million euros by UEFA in 2014 and subjected to reduced squad sizes in European competition. So, the costs will be covered over five years and not four, it appears.

Taysom Hill, Jordan Tripp among suprise cuts as Packers finalize roster
He was considered a candidate to make the active roster but was cut in favor of undrafted free agent Hardy Nickerson Jr. The veteran agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week, though the team has not officially announced the signing.

Union Cabinet rejig being worked out
He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle. Pandey, the junior HRD Minister, earlier in the day was made UP BJP chief, balancing the delicate UP caste equations.

Kenyan court throws out president's win, calls for new vote
Some forms lacked serial numbers or water marks or were not signed by election agents or lacked the electoral commission stamp. Odinga alleged that the electoral management system was hacked and manipulated to inflate results in favor of Uhuru.

Wenger: Lemar rejected Arsenal move; Alexis deal 'not very close'
Asked where he would be going once the current worldwide get together was over, Lemar added that he would be Monaco bound. As for Arsenal , the failure to land Lemar means that Alexis Sanchez will miss out on his prefered move to Man City.

Trump insists Mexico will pay for border wall
We may fund it through the United States, but ultimately Mexico will pay for the wall". "I think that's very good for world peace and for other things".

Man charged in United Kingdom after sword incident near Buckingham Palace
Police named the man as Mohiussunnath Choudhury, from Luton in Bedfordshire, a county north of London. The officers used tear gas to incapacitate the man and arrested him at the scene.

Samsung announces Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport
Both wearables are also compatible with UA Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, and Endomondo for overall wellness tracking. It's Speedo's first app on any device, but it's hard to tell just yet whether this will actually appeal to swimmers.

Malaysia denied SEA Games gold by own goal
That boast did not come true with Thailand beating Malaysia to the punch. So it was down to Haziq to give them a helping hand, literally.