Messi masterclass

MADRID. — Lionel Messi scored, provided three assists and missed a penalty as Barcelona pressed home their advantage at the top of the Spanish La Liga soccer table with a 6-0 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid stayed eight points adrift of Barca at the top with 3-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa.

Juan Rodriguez’s own goal opened the scoring at the Camp Nou, before Messi saw his penalty saved by Vicente Guaita, teed up Munir El Haddadi and Neymar and smashed home his 36th goal of the season all before half-time.

Neymar and Arda Turan rounded off the scoring to seal Barca’s 12th straight La Liga win after the break.

An eighth defeat in nine games leaves Getafe just a point above the relegation zone. — AFP.

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