Argentina international Lionel Messi continued his impressive performance by scoring two goals in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Eiber in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The match is Barcelona’s 11th consecutive league win, and its stretches the team’s unbeaten run to 36 games. The victory opens up an 11-point lead and sent Barcelona to the top of the Spanish La Liga.
Munir El Haddadi has opened the scoring early for Barcelona, while Luis Suarez took the scoresheet in the closing stages of the game. Messi is making his best performance of the season, scoring his 20th and 21st league goals of the season as the Catalan club took their unstoppable winning streak to 36 games.
The win gave Barcelona an eight-point advantage over rival Atletico Madrid, which won 3-1 victory at Valencia. Arch rival Real Mardrid remained 12 points behind Barcelona after crashing Celta Vigo 7-1 on Saturday.
“Now we enter the decisive stages of the season and we are fighting for titles but there are still a lot of points left. There are no guarantees that we will keep playing at this level. We will not get distracted by those saying that we have already won the league,” Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique said, via the DailyMail.
From the start, Barcelona had control of possession and were able to easily find openings against the poorly defended setup of Eibar. Leonil Messi was the man of the game, getting heavily involved in the game.
Throughout the match, Messi continued to lead the team with his accurate passes and some hat tricks with his teammates. In one of these plays he found Suarez, who gave an easy play to Munir for the opening goal of the match.
Eibar tried to make an equalizer and showed good improvement in the latter stages of the first period. But Barcelona were sound on defense and avoided any mistakes. The second period of the game was low in action, but Messi added one and made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, before Suarez made the final fourth goal.
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