Sunday, 6 March 2016

Barca Widen Lead to Eleven Points

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Lionel Messi continued his impressive run by scoring two goals in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Eibar, keeping his team unbeaten and maintaining a comfortable lead entering the final stretch of the Spanish league.

A Munir tap-in, two Lionel Messi strikes and Luis Suárez’s well-taken fourth saw off Eibar to send Barcelona 11 points clear at the top of La Liga

Messi scored with a dribble and low finish shortly before half-time and added a penalty in the 76th minute, giving Barcelona a provisional 11-point advantage over Atlético Madrid, who play at Valencia later on Sunday.

Lionel Messi has scored 15 goals in the last 10 matches, and eight in the past four. Munir El Haddadi opened the scoring in the eighth minute after a cross by Luis Suárez, who registered his league-leading 26th goal in the final stages.

It was Barcelona’s 11th successive win in the league and extended the club’s unbeaten run to 36 games in all competitions.

Javier Mascherano’s late booking means he will be suspended for next week’s game against Getafe, while Marc Bartra’s introduction moves him onto 100 appearances for the club.

The latest victory for the Catalans puts them eleven points clear of Atlético Madrid before their tricky trip to Valencia on Sunday night.

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