LA LIGA: ZIDANE ERA AT REAL MADRID OFF TO A CRACKING START; MESSI HAT-TRICK TAKES BARCELONA TOP

img

Madrid, Spain: Barcelona cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga Saturday with a 4-0 caning of Granada, with Lionel Messi putting away his first hat-trick of the season.Barca are now one point above second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will retake top spot if they win Sunday at fifth-placed Celta Vigo.Third-placed Real Madrid are just one point below Atletico after a 5-0 destruction of Deportivo La Coruna featuring a hat-trick for Gareth Bale, in what was a promising debut on the Real bench for new coach Zinedine Zidane.Saturday started with Barca trouncing Granada 4-0, with a hat-trick from Messi plus a final goal from Neymar.The little Argentine - who is favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or Monday - has scored five goals in two matches, starting with Wednesday's cup brace against Espanyol.Messi opened the scoring against Granada in the eighth minute by turning in a centre from Arda Turan - who was making his league debut for Barca - then quickly made it 2-0 by finishing a move between Neymar and Luis Suarez.Messi completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute by turning in the rebound after Neymar had hit the post, then Neymar ended the rout by making it 4-0 seven minutes from the end."The final score makes it look like an easy match, but it really wasn't," Barca coach Luis Enrique said.

Posted By: admin

Editors Pick