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Messi brace helps Barca thrash Eibar


Messi scored a double

Messi scored a double

Messi scored a double

A double from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona secure a 4-0 victory at Eibar in La Liga yesterday that moved them 11 points clear at the top and brought up 100 goals for their lethal strikeforce.

Munir El Haddadi, who was standing in for the suspended Neymar, tapped in the first early on, before Messi's double, while Luis Suarez completed the rout.

Barcelona's lethal attacking trio of Messi (35 goals), Suarez (42) and Neymar (23) have now scored a century of goals in all competitions this season.

Messi's first was a fine solo goal, while his second came from the penalty spot as Barcelona stretched their advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid, who beat Gary Neville's resurgent Valencia side 2-0 last night.