Thursday 18 January 2018

Messi repeats 'trick



Lionel Messi netted a superb hat-trick for Barcelona in their 4-2 away win at Real Zaragoza to keep them neck-and-neck with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga last night.

The Argentine forward headed the opener after only five minutes at the Romareda, and scored a stunning solo effort for the second in the 65th.

He completed his second successive La Liga hat-trick 12 minutes from time, before Adrian Colunga grabbed two late goals. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got Barca's other goal.

Real Madrid continued their winning streak with a largely unconvincing 3-1 triumph over Sporting Gijon Saturday night with goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Xabi Alonso and Gonzalo Higuain.

AC Milan failed to take full advantage of Inter Milan's draw against Palermo on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli at the San Siro yesterday, missing the opportunity to leapfrog their city rivals to the top of the Serie A table.

Hugo Campagnaro put a lively Napoli ahead in the 13th minute, but Filippo Inzaghi equalised 12 minutes later.

Meanwhile, Bordeaux stayed top of Ligue 1 after they came from behind to beat 10-man Lille 3-1 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

In Germany, two late goals saw Eintracht Frankfurt claim a 2-1 win at the Waldstadion, inflicting Bayern Munich's first Bundesliga loss since September.

Irish Independent

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