Sports news - Get €5 FreeBet - Lionel Messi impressed us with two beautiful free-kicks as he caught his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, which took the Barcelona’s side back to the top of La Liga following a tough week. Barca's captain calmly scored a penalty to put the champions in a better position in the 23rd minute; however, gave away a foul in a risky area, which led to Lucas Olaza flattening for Celta with a great strike from a free kick in the 42nd. He raised up an almost matching strike at the beginning of the second half to end his treble and match Cristiano Ronaldo's record of the 34 hat-tricks seen in Spain's top flight.
Sergio Busquets hit the fourth goal in the 85th to finish their first win for Barca in three games, after falling to a surprising 3-1 loss at Levante last week in La Liga and drawing 0-0 at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League. Barca kept a lead on the standings on 25 points after 12 matches, level with the 2nd rank holder Real Madrid who acquired a 4-0 win at Eibar.
Despite the fact that they are going into the weekend in striking distance of the top spot, the Catalans have had an anxious campaign, which hit a new low this week as team members were booed off the pitch following the no-goal draw at home against Slavia. There was a passive air at the Camp Nou on Saturday and around 30,000 seats were estimated to be left empty.
Celta were competing in their first game under former Barca player Oscar Garcia, after Fran Escriba was dismissed following the four defeats on a consecutive basis. The visitors did well to cover Barca in the initial stages until Messi took benefit from the penalty spot, but wails of frustration could be felt across the ground following the Olaza's superb equaliser. As has so often been the case, it was up to Messi to change the mood again. Barcelona coach Valverde stated how significant it was that his side got back to winning ways.