Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Earns Blaugrana Win

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Messi scored his 50th hat-trick for club and country in a 4-2 victory at Sevilla that helped the leaders take another step toward retaining their Spanish league title.

Messi's one-man demolition of the Sevilla defence was capped off with arguably one of his greatest ever goals as he scored a sparkling first-half volley to level things up after Jesus Navas had opened the scoring for Sevilla.

Luis Suarez made it four with a fantastic lob over an on-rushing Vaclik off an assist from Messi in added time as Barca move eight points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid.

The treble took Messi's league-leading tally to 25 goals in as many rounds.

Bale joined Los Blancos from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 and has scored 100 goals in 219 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions.

"We went through a spell where, to be honest, we did not play our best football so that made it much harder for us to score".

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After twice coming close he completed his treble to put Barca ahead in the 85th minute, reacting quickly to a poor Sevilla clearance to dink the ball over goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Madrid coach Solari said it was "curious" that Barca played Sevilla on Saturday while his side had to wait until Sunday to play Levante, and also pointed out that Barca had had an extra day off before the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg. Lionel MESSI was at it again, this team a right footed goal.

It was the 32nd hat trick of Messi's La Liga career, while he has notched eight in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and six in worldwide competition with Argentina.

Wednesday's clash is the first of two games in four days between the fierce rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu as the clubs then to meet in La Liga the following Saturday.

One fan said: "We are fortunate to be able to watch a master of his craft".

"Bale seems to be getting the blame for everything that goes wrong at Real Madrid - which is wrong".

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