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Barcelona defeat visiting Eibar 6-1 in tough La Liga encounter

Barcelona defeat visiting Eibar 6-1 in tough La Liga encounter”

Lionel Messi scored his 300th goal at the Camp Nou as he netted four times on the night.

The Argentine launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors with further goals coming from Denis Suarez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied for the visitors.

Paulinho, making his first LaLiga start, then answered his critics again just before the break, heading in Barcelona's second of the contest to add to his winning goal at Getafe on Saturday.

Messi's completed his hat trick in the 63rd minute off a pass from Paulinho.

But he was not finished for the evening has he fired in his fourth three minutes from time after latching on to Aleix Vidal's cutback to slot in from close range.

There was no sign of a big scoreline in the first half, with the Catalan giants playing well within their capabilities.

The Italy international scored three times in the space of nine second-half minutes
The Italy international scored three times in the space of nine second-half minutes

Barcelona were finding it hard to create opportunities against a stern Eibar defence, but the Catalan giants were handed a controversial penalty in the 20th minute when Alejandro Galvez was adjudged to have brought Semedo to the ground inside the box.

Messi was once again the instigator as he drove at the visiting defence before hitting a shot which was spilled by Dmitrovic into the path of Denis Suarez, who swept home to make it 3-0.

The midfielder beat the defence to head home from a corner, to the roars of the home crowd.

Barca were actually quite sluggish during the early exchanges, but they soon clicked into gear broke the deadlock, as Messi stylishly converted a penalty 20 minutes in to take his 2017 tally to 40 goals in as many games.

Denis Suarez made it 3-0 shortly after the interval, but Enrich gave traveling supporters something to cheer with his 57th-minute finish.

When quizzed on Eibar, Valverde added: "It's a different game to what we've had up until now".



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