BARCELONA – Lionel Messi scored one goal and played a part in four more to lead Barcelona to an entertaining 5-2 victory at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday as they reduced Real Madrid’s lead of the Spanish league to one point.
Barcelona cut down the gap to Real Madrid at the top of La Liga to just one point after a brilliant performance at San Mames.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring with an excellent free-kick and then set up Luis Suarez for the second before the break. Mikel Rico pulled one back only for Lionel Messi and Neymar to seal the Barcelona victory.
Aduriz made it 4-2 before substitute Pedro made it 5-2 after yet more Lionel Messi brilliance.
Messi’s masterful display ensured Barcelona took advantage of Atletico Madrid’s 4-0 rout of Madrid on Saturday.
Messi scored from a free-kick in the 15th minute at New San Mames Stadium for his 33rd goal in 31 matches this season.
The Argentina forward then turned playmaker and Luis Suarez blasted his assist into the net as Barcelona led 2-0 by half-time.
Messi continued to mesmerize in the second half when he forced Bilbao’s Oscar de Marcos to turn his shot into his own net, set up Neymar’s strike and started a move for Pedro Rodriguez to score.
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