Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more in Barcelona’s table-topping 5-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Barcelona went up early with a nice volley from Clement Lenglet, but Kiko bundled home on the quarter hour after Marc-Andre ter Stegen misplayed a free kick into the box to draw the visiting side level.
Two moments of Messi magic restored order at the Camp Nou with the Argentine playing a perfect ball into the penalty area for Arturo Vidal to volley home and then curling in an unstoppable free kick shortly after to give Barcelona a 3-1 lead at half-time.
Messi fired in Barca’s fourth with a superb turn and finish from an Ivan Rakitic pass, firing a low line drive of a volley past Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip before setting Luis Suarez with another sublime assist to reach the final scoreline.
The win put Barcelona two-points clear at the top of the La Liga table ahead of surprise package Granada, who face Getafe on Thursday. (ESPN)