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Pique injury blow sours Messi's latest Barca feat

Euro round-up

Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00

BARCELONA'S latest La Liga victory was soured by the news that Gerard Pique will be out for the next 15 days after suffering a hamstring strain that will keep him out of this week's Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen.

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Lionel Messi reached another Barcelona landmark with two more brilliant goals to inspire his side to a 3-0 victory over Racing Santander.

The Argentinean added the finish following a slick one-two with Andres Iniesta to move clear in second on the Catalan club's list of all-time top goalscorers. And he rounded off the scoring with a simple finish after Iniesta had produced an outrageous piece of skill and shot against a post.

Levante beat Malaga 3-0 to stay in second, while Gonzalo Higuain's third hat-trick in four games steered Real Madrid to an emphatic home 4-1 win over Real Betis.

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Villarreal's poor form continued with a scoreless draw at Getafe ahead of their Champions League tie with Manchester City tomorrow.

In Italy, Inter Milan's season hit a new low with a shock defeat to lowly Catania on Saturday, leaving Claudio Ranieri's men sitting perilously above the bottom three. Five of yesterday's six Serie A games ended scoreless, with Juventus slipping up against Chievo.

Bayern Munich won again to go five points clear at top of the Bundesliga, with Mario Gomez book-ending goals from Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger in a 4-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

Arsenal's Champions League opponents Marseille continued their stuttering start to the Ligue 1 season, drawing 0-0 at Toulouse, though Andre-Pierre Gignac returned following a month out.

Paris Saint-Germain continued their flying start, with a Kevin Gameiro hat-trick enough to beat Ajaccio.

Genk's preparations for their tough trip to Stamford Bridge were hardly ideal as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Lokeren in the Belgian First Division.

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