Lionel Messi scored twice in the 2nd half of, including a chipped free-kick, as Barcelona beat Espanyol to preserve their 10 point lead on the stop of La Liga.
Messi dinked his first diagram from the fringe of the sphere, with Espanyol defender Victor Sanchez failing to circulation obvious as he ran relief in direction of the diagram-line.
The Argentine finished off a counter-****** dull on to purchase his tally to 31 needs for the season.
2nd-placed Atletico Madrid thrashed Alaves 4-0 in a while Saturday.
Saul Niguez and Diego Costa scored in the first-half of and Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey added two extra in the 2nd for a pleased victory for Diego Simeone’s aspect.
Messi has scored 22 needs in his final 15 La Liga video games, whereas he has also surpassed 40 needs in a season for the tenth successive time.
He had been an damage doubt for the game after lacking Argentina’s friendly with Morocco in mid-week, however confirmed no sick-effects when he had Barca’s first likelihood of the game, finest to appear his shot deflected over the crossbar.
Barca – who face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals – dominated the first half of, with Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez every going end to breaking the impasse, and it wasn’t till the 2nd half of that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen used to be first timid, by Oscar Melendo.
Messi’s opener noticed Espanyol’ Sanchez substituted rapidly after, before he sealed all three points by slotting dwelling a Malcom tainted.