Messi’s superb free-kicks spur derby win for Barca

Lionel Messi scored two sublime free-kicks as Barcelona beat Espanyol to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.

The Argentine forward first found the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute.

Ousmane Dembele doubled the lead with a curling finish before Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a tight angle.

Another sensational set-piece taken by Messi then completed the victory for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

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Sevilla missed the chance to go top after they played a 1-1 draw against Valencia earlier on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the La Liga, Atletico Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over fourth-placed Alaves.

Barca will face English Premier League side, Tottenham, in the Champions League on Tuesday.


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