– Lionel Messi provided all three assists for Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Betis
– One goal each from De Jong, Busquets and Lenglet swallowed Nabil Fekir’s brace earlier in the match
– The Argentine has now recorded four triplets of assists in his professional career
Lionel Messi’s brilliance helped Barcelona outsmart stubborn Real Betis in their Spanish League clash this weekend.
The Argentine provided a hat-trick for Frenkie De Jong, Sergio Busquets and Clement Lenglet in their 3-2 win over Betis at Benito Villamarin on Sunday night.
Although the hosts tried to subdue the Catalans twice with Nabil Fekir scoring twice, his goals weren’t enough to help his side save at least one point from the game.
The victory saw Quique Setien take maximum points over his former side in his first return to the club since being named Barca’s new manager last month.
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Meanwhile, Messi’s hat-trick against Betis was his fourth in his career – having achieved the same shot against Levante in the Copa Del Rey in 2014. Christian Tello also scored three goals in the meeting.
Juanfran scored an own goal to advance to the semi-finals 9-2 overall after the two-legged encounters at the time.
The 32-year-old’s second hat-trick came when Argentina beat Paraguay in the Copa America semi-finals in 2015.
Messi continued his impressive form a year after helping three of his side’s goals against Getafe in a league game in 2016 at Camp Nou. Neymar scored a brace in the meeting.
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Finally, the five-time Ballon d’Or contributed to the three goals Barcelona beat Betis in their La Liga clash this weekend as they reduced Real Madrid’s lead to three points on the clock.
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The Argentine star has scored 14 goals and 11 assists in 18 Spanish league appearances so far this season.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Barcelona had come back from a goal to beat Real Betis 3-2 in a high-speed Spanish League clash at the Benito Villamarin Arena.
It was the first time Quique Setien had returned to his former club since he was named Catalan boss last month.
The victory also helped the Camp Nou side reduce Real Madrid’s lead to three points in the La Liga table after Matchday 23.
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