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scored a hat trick to emphatically
break the Spanish league s all-
time scoring mark in Barcelona s
5-1 win over Sevilla yesterday.
Messi, already Barcelona s all-
time scorer, surpassed Athletic Bil-
bao great Telmo Zarra s milestone
of 251 goals that had stood
untouched since 1955.
Messi equaled Zarra s mark in
the 21st minute and added goals
in the 72nd and 78th to claim the
record for himself.
"I have never seen a player like
Leo," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique
said. "He is beyond comparison,
one of a kind, never to be seen
again. We are lucky to have him
here, to enjoy him, and to see
where he leaves this record."
Messi s record-setting effort
eclipsed rival Cristiano Ronaldo
becoming the first player to reach
20 goals in the first 12 rounds of
a season after he scored twice to
keep Real Madrid at the top of the
table with a 4-0 win at Eibar.
Madrid leads Barcelona by two
points with Atletico Madrid four
points adrift after the defending
champion beat 10-man Malaga 3-
1 at home. Also, former Manches-
ter United coach David Moyes
debuted as Real Sociedad s new
manager with a 0-0 draw at
Deportivo La Coruna. Both sides
were left one point above the rel-
egation zone. Messi s treble came after
a week of wild speculation that he was
wavering on his once steadfast com-
mitment to Barcelona, following his
comments that he might not spend
most of his remaining career here.
But the match ended with Messi
smiling broadly as his fans chanted his
name. Messi s teammates tossed him
in the air after his record-breaking goal,
and lined up in an honor guard as he
jogged off the pitch while soaking up
the Camp Nou applause.
Messi s night started when he earned
a foul from Sevilla s Ever Banega on
the edge of the area. Messi stepped up
and curled the ball over the barrier with
an elegant strike to claim the history-
making goal he had searched for in vain
in three previous matches.
Sevilla had yet to manage a shot on
goal when Unai Emery s side was gifted
an equaliser from Jordi Alba two min-
utes after halftime when he knocked
in a cross. Sevilla s celebration didn t
last long because Neymar headed
Barcelona back in front two minutes
later when he rose up to score Xavi
Hernandez s free kick for his 11th league
goal of the campaign. Barcelona s Luis
Suarez has been scoreless since his
return from his biting ban, but he made
up for it by making his fourth assist
for Ivan Rakitic to score against his for-
mer team in the 65th. Neymar crossed
for Messi to dive and tap home his sec-
ond goal. Messi then dribbled across
the edge of the area to fire in his third
and complete his memorable match.
Earlier, Ronaldo continued his own
sensational scoring streak that includes
him having scored in all 11 league games
he has played in this campaign. He has
25 goals from 18 games in all compe-
titions. The Ballon d Or-holder passed
from an apparent offside position for
James Rodriguez to head in Madrid s
first goal in the 23rd minute and Ronal-
do put the result beyond doubt two
minutes before halftime. Karim Ben-
zema added a third goal from
Rodriguez s pass in the 69th before
Ronaldo got his second from the penalty
spot in the 83rd to polish off Madrid s
14th straight win overall.
"Losses will come, of course. (But)
our objective is to keep this run going,"
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
"The season is long and we have to
continue with this attitude."
In Madrid, Tiago Cardoso scored and
set up another goal as Atletico ended
10-man Malaga s winning streak.
Tiago s header put the hosts in front
in the 12th before Arda Turan crossed
for Antoine Griezmann to make it 2-
0 in the 42nd.
Malaga arrived after a club record
five straight wins but Atletico denied
the visitors a scoring chance until Roque
Santa Cruz struck in the 64th.
Malaga went down to 10 men when
Samuel Garcia received his second yel-
low card in the 73rd, and Diego Godin
headed in Tiago s lobbed pass in the
Messi hat-trick breaks scoring record in Spain
ROME---In a show of rapidly devel-
oping talent and established strength,
Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez led
Juventus to a 3-0 win at Lazio yes-
terday to maintain the Turin power s
three-point lead atop Serie A.
Pogba, the France international
being hailed as one of the world s next
great midfielders, scored twice and
also hit the post. Tevez, already estab-
lished as a world-class striker, added
a goal and an assist.
The pressure was on for Juventus
after Roma beat Atalanta 2-1 earlier
to draw provisionally level with the
three-time defending champion.
"We couldn t afford to make any
mistakes tonight," Tevez said.
Pogba put Juventus ahead in the
25th minute at Stadio Olimpico, col-
lecting a cross from Tevez with one
touch of his right foot and launching
into the net from the edge of the area
with his next touch with the same
foot. Tevez finished off a counterattack
in the 55th for his league-best ninth
goal in 11 appearances.
Pogba coolly scored his second in
the 64th following an excellent setup
from Roberto Pereyra --- fooling Lazio
goalkeeper Federico Marchetti by mix-
ing up the pace of his long strides
before slotting inside the near post.
"For Pogba, performances like he
had tonight should be the norm,"
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri
said. "This was his best match of the
season." Juventus played the final 20
minutes with 10 men after Simone
Padoin picked up his second yellow
Lazio dropped to sixth, two points
ahead of AC Milan, which faces Inter
in the Milan derby on Sunday.
Earlier, forward Adem Ljajic scored
one goal and set up another as Roma
overcame an opening-minute lapse
for a win in Bergamo.
Maxi Moralez scored for the hosts
57 seconds in after Ashley Cole was
beaten down the left flank, prompting
Roma fans to throw flares and other
objects at Atalanta supporters.
Ljajic dribbled by three defenders
to equalize with a long, angled shot
in the 23rd, and then set up Radja
Nainggolan for a similar goal in the
"We conceded a goal right away on
their first chance. But we showed
determination to win this game until
the 90th minute," Roma midfielder
Miralem Pjanic said.
Atalanta remained two points above
the relegation zone.
In the Champions League this week,
Juventus visits Malmo and Roma trav-
els to CSKA Moscow.
Meanwhile, midfielder Riccardo
Montolivo was named to Milan s squad
for the derby, marking his return six
months after breaking his left leg in
a pre-World Cup friendly with Italy.
Pogba scores 2, Tevez 1
as Juve beats Lazio 3-0
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, is lifted by his teammates
after scoring against Sevilla during a Spanish La Liga football match
between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, at the Camp Nou stadium in
Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. Messi set a La Liga scoring record of 253
goals when he claimed a hat-trick in the 5-1 win. AP PHOTO
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