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BARCELONA---Lionel Messi scored
his 400th and 401st goals for club
and country and Neymar hit a hat
trick as Barcelona thrashed Granada
6-0 in the Spanish league yesterday.
Defending champion Atletico Madrid
routed Sevilla 4-0 in the return of coach
Diego Simeone, and Cristiano Ronaldo
also found the net for his sixth straight
game in Real Madrid s 2-0 win at Vil-
Messi s 358th goal for Barcelona
(along with 42 for Argentina) came
with Barcelona leading 3-0 when he
headed in Dani Alves superb one-touch
cross in the 56th minute.
He added No. 359 near the end to
cap the lopsided win.
Neymar opened the scoring in the
25th before Messi continued his play-
making by participating in his fellow
striker s next two goals and assisting
The win gave Barcelona the provi-
sional league lead. Valencia can match
it on points with a win at Real Sociedad
Barcelona heads to Paris Saint-Ger-
main in the Champions League on
Tuesday with more than a finely tuned
attack. Its defense hasn t conceded a
goal in seven games this season.
After an up-and-down season last
year, Messi has returned in fine form
from Argentina s defeat in the World
Cup final to Germany. The forward has
scored or participated in 14 of
Barcelona s 18 goals in all competitions.
Already Barcelona s all-time leading
scorer, the 27-year-old Messi is closing
in on two more milestones. He is three
goals from equaling Athletic Bilbao s
Telmo Zarra as the Spanish league s
all-time leading scorer with 251. And
he is four goals from matching Raul
Gonzalez s record of 71 in the Cham-
"I don t think that even counting
the goals we scored during recess at
school we would reach 400," Barcelona
coach Luis Enrique said. "Watching
Leo press on defense and being so gen-
erous in attack is a pleasure."
Also, Athletic Bilbao drew 0-0 at
home with neighbouring Basque club
Eibar to remain winless in five straight
games, while Leo Baptistao scored his
second brace in four days to give Rayo
Vallecano a 2-0 win at Levante.
Atletico moved into provisional sec-
ond place two points behind Barcelona,
before it hosts Juventus in the Cham-
pions League on Wednesday.
Sevilla s first loss left it in fourth.
At Camp Nou, Granada striker
Youssef El Arabi hit the crossbar in the
visitors first and best scoring chance
in the seventh minute.
Joaquin Caparros team resisted well
until midfielder Hector Yuste gifted the
ball to Neymar whose shot took a
deflection off defender Jean-Sylvain
Babin and looped over goalkeeper
Roberto Fernandez before bouncing
into the net.
Messi set up the second goal by drib-
bling past two defenders before crossing
for Rakitic to score with a glancing
header in the 43rd.
Two minutes later, Messi s through
ball to Munir El Haddadi led to Roberto
charging out to clear the ball, only for
it to fall to Neymar who fired into the
Messi found Neymar in the area to
slot in his sixth league goal this season
in the 66th before the Argentine scored
for a second time.
Villarreal attacked Madrid early on
at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane
circled overhead trailing a banner asking
Ronaldo to return to former club Man-
But Luka Modric struck from long
range in the 32nd, and Karim Benzema
sprinted to win a long ball and set up
Ronaldo for his league-leading 10th
goal in the 40th. Madrid remained in
fifth place at four points adrift before
it travels to Bulgaria to play Ludogorets
in the Champions League on Wednes-
MILAN---Roma and Juventus
maintained their perfect starts
to the season as they beat Hellas
Verona and Atalanta respectively
in the Serie A yesterday.
Mattia Destro scored a stun-
ning goal from near the halfway
line to help Roma to a 2-0 home
win, while Carlos Tevez scored
twice in Juventus 3-0 victory.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
also saved a penalty as Juventus
extended its record to become
the first team in Serie A history
to win its opening four matches
without conceding a goal.
Juventus and Roma are the
only Italian topflight teams with
a 100 percent record, a timely
boost ahead of their second
Champions League group match-
es.Roma travels to Manchester
City on Tuesday, and Juventus
visits Atletico Madrid the fol-
lowing day. Both then face off at
Juventus Stadium on Sunday. It
was Francesco Totti s 38th birth-
day and there was a party atmos-
phere at the Stadio Olimpico with
messages from Roma fans to their
talismanic captain shown on the
giant screens before kickoff.
Totti almost celebrated with a
goal on the half hour mark as he
slid in on a loose ball, but Fred-
erik Sorensen got back and
cleared his effort off the line with
the help of an upright.
He went close on several other
occasions, including immediately
after the interval only to be
denied by 19-year-old goalkeeper
Pierluigi Gollini, who fingertipped
Totti s effort over the bar. (AP)
Barca routs Granada 6-0
Juventus, Roma remain perfect
goal during a
Granada at the
6-0. AP PHOTO
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