La Liga: Messi’s hat trick hands Barcelona 25th title
Messi’s hat trick hands Barcelona 25th title
Barcelona secured a thrilling 4-2 victory over unrelenting Deportivo to claimed their 25th La Liga title on Sunday. Lionel Messi’s scored a hat-trick wrapped up the league at Deportivo La Coruna with four matches to spare.
Ernesto Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.
The only blip on the Catalans’ season was the stunning Champions League quarter-final loss at Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead.
“We have managed an almost perfect league campaign, without losing so far. I hope we can continue.”
“This season was very good, almost excellent. The Champions League is a regret but we managed a double, it’s fantastic,” midfielder Sergio Busquets told Spanish broadcaster Movistar.
Philippe Coutinho scored an early goal, Messi’s 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.
Barca took a lead again after Messi’s brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.
The Catalan giants now hold an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have just three games to play, and are closing in on becoming the first Spanish side to go through a top-flight season without tasting defeat.
With eight minutes to play, Suarez and Messi combined to terrific effect with the latter clipping the ball in off the post.
Suarez again sent the Argentinian racing clear three minutes later, and the 30-year-old made no mistake to complete a hat-trick and a title-sealing victory.