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Barcelona Demolish Granada With Neymar Hat-Trick And Messi Double

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NEYMAR hit a hat-trick and Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona enjoyed a resounding 6-0 victory over Granada to continue to set the pace at the top of La Liga.

Barça got back on track with the perfect response after they drew 0-0 at Málaga on Wednesday without a shot on target and they now have 16 points from six games.

Neymar broke Granada’s stubborn resistance with a scrappy goal midway through the first half when his shot hit Jean-Sylvain Babin and looped over the goalkeeper Roberto Fernández.

Then in the run up to half-time Granada’s concentration slipped as Ivan Rakitic headed home a Messi cross and Neymar got his second. Fernández reached a Messi pass just ahead of Munir El Haddadi but he could only push the ball towards Neymar who knocked it into an open net.

A fine move led to Dani Alves volleying a cross for Messi to head home the fourth after 65 minutes and then Neymar was on target again as he confidently picked his spot in the corner four minutes later to complete his treble.

For his second Messi stole the ball off Jeison Murillo and then slotted past the keeper. It was his 400th goal overall with 358 for Barça and 42 for Argentina.

“We knew the game against Málaga was going to be difficult the same as against Granada but here we have been patient and shown better movement,” Rakitic said. “We had to work hard. The fact that we haven’t conceded a goal yet is not a coincidence but due to the effort we are putting in.” – The Independent

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