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BARCELONA---Lionel Messi kept
up his scoring streak by netting a
hat trick as Barcelona swept aside
an outclassed Levante 5-0 in the
Spanish league yesterday.
Messi netted his 12th, 13th and
14th goals in Barcelona s 11-game
winning run after Neymar had put
the hosts ahead. Substitute Luis
Suarez finished off the rout as
Barcelona stayed one point behind
leader Real Madrid.
Messi passed for Neymar to set
the hosts on their way in the 17th
minute at Camp Nou Stadium. He
then struck twice from open play
and added a penalty before Suarez
used an acrobatic scissor kick to pol-
ish off the demolition.
Messi 31st career treble with
Barcelona took his tally in all com-
petitions to 37 goals in 33 games this
They were also Messi s 24th, 25th
and 26th league goals as he closed
in on Madrid rival Cristiano Ronal-
do s competition-leading tally of 28.
Neymar is third with 17 goals through
Messi and Neymar have combined
for 24 goals during Barcelona s win-
ning run to quell a club crisis sparked
by a loss at Real Sociedad in early
January that was followed by the
firing of its sports director and the
club calling for early presidential
elections this summer.
Elsewhere, Alvaro Negredo earned
and converted a 71st-minute penalty
to give Valencia a 1-0 win at home
over Getafe to reclaim fourth place
and the last Champions League spot
Barcelona completely dominated
the relegation-threatened visitors
who went no closer than David Bar-
ral s effort that hit Sergio Busquets
in the 26th.
Besides Messi s vision to spot his
run, Neymar was helped by a dose
of good fortune to score Barcelona s
first goal. Messi cut in from the right
flank before meeting Neymar s run
from the left with a lobbed pass that
the Brazil striker scuffed, only for
the ball to loop over goalkeeper Diego
Marino and cross the goalline.
Center back Marc Bartra made a
rare start for Barcelona and respond-
ed well by charging forward to dis-
possess Kalu Uche and pass for Messi
to drive his first goal under Marino
in the 38th.
Barcelona threatened another goal
on several occasions before Messi
was left unmarked in the 59th to
score into an open net after Pedro
Rodriguez tapped over Busquets
lobbed through ball. Six minutes
later Messi got his third when he
slotted home a spot kick after Ney-
mar was fouled in the box by Ivan
Suarez replaced Neymar and
scored his most attractive goal to
date for his new club when he leaped
up into the air to scissor-kick Adri-
ano s pass into the net with a skillful
effort in the 73rd.
Barcelona s Andres Iniesta missed
the match due to flulike symptoms.
Later, third-place Atletico Madrid
was to play Celta Vigo while Villarreal
was at Rayo Vallecano. (AP)
Messi nets 3 more goals in
Barcelona's 5-0 rout of Levante
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, second left, controls the ball against Levante's Tono Garcia, left,
during a Spanish La Liga football match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. Barcelona won 5-
0. AP PHOTO
LONDON---Third-tier Bradford pro-
duced another FA Cup upset against
Premier League opposition yester-
day, beating Sunderland 2-0 to
reach the quarterfinals for the first
time in 39 years as holder Arsenal
ousted Middlesbrough by the same
Jon Stead scored for a fifth con-
secutive round in the second half
after an own goal from John O Shea
gifted Bradford the lead in the third
Bradford, which beat Premier
League leader Chelsea to reach the
fifth round, is now only one win from
a Wembley Stadium semifinal.
Bradford, which was relegated from
the Premier League in 2001, produced
another stunning cup run in 2013
when it reached a League Cup final
won by Swansea.
"We have done it again and we are
obviously buzzing," Stead told BBC
radio. "It was a terrific start for us
to get the goal and we just carried
on from there. We did the right things
in the right areas."
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
maintained that the loss "is not
"If the top teams always beat the
smaller teams, then the cup would
not exist," Poyet said.
It was a routine day, though, for
Arsenal. Middlesbrough, which is
second in the second tier, never
looked like emulating its fourth-
round victory over Premier League
champion Manchester City.
Olivier Giroud scored both of Arse-
nal s goals in the 2-0 win to take his
tally in the season to 10.
The France forward turned in Kier-
an Gibbs cross in the 27th minute
and netted again inside two minutes
after meeting Alexis Sanchez s corner
at the near post.
The closest Middlesbrough came
was in stoppage time when Kike
headed against the post.
The day s all-Premier League
encounter was closer, with Aston
Villa beating Leicester 2-1.
Leandro Bacuna broke the deadlock
in the 68th minute, and Scott Sinclair
doubled Villa s lead in the 89th, with
goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer helping
the ball into the net.
Andrej Kramaric headed one back
for Leicester a minute later, but Villa
held on with new manager Tim Sher-
wood watching from the stands and
yet to take charge fully since his
appointment on Saturday.
The fifth round will be completed
on Monday when Manchester United
plays at Preston.
Blackburn, Liverpool, Reading and
West Bromwich Albion won on Sat-
urday to secure a place in today s
draw for the last eight. (AP)
BERLIN---Hertha Berlin lost 2-
0 at home to Freiburg and pro-
moted Paderborn left both sides
in the Bundesliga relegation zone
with a 2-1 come-from-behind win
at Hannover yesterday.
Alban Meha s brilliant 79th-
minute free kick lifted Paderborn
from second-last to 12th place,
two points below Hannover and
two above Freiburg in the relega-
tion playoff place.
Hannover s Brazilian defender
Marcelo broke the deadlock in the
66th, stabbing home from close
range after Joselu headed on Lars
Stindl s free kick.
The goal came one minute after
Suleyman Koc came agonizingly
close to scoring against the run of
play for Paderborn, holding off a
defender and rounding the keeper
only to see Miiko Albornoz clear
off the line. Srdjan Lakic equalized
in the 72nd, three minutes after
coming on as a substitute, heading
Florian Hartherz deep cross inside
the far post, before Meha sealed
the result with a fierce strike in
under the crossbar from a central
In Berlin earlier, Felix Klaus put
the visitors ahead in the 14th, hold-
ing off Marvin Plattenhardt to prod
Karim Guede s cross in off the
Guede did well on the right to
elude American defender John
Anthony Brooks before crossing.
Maximilian Philipp made it 2-
0 with a flying header to Jonathan
Schmid s corner in the 52nd. "And
he s from Berlin. He was born
here," Freiburg coach Christian
Streich said of the goal-scorer.
"Super goal. He really wanted it."
Freiburg keeper Roman Buerki
denied Valentin Stocker an imme-
diate response, and then denied
Salomon Kalou from the rebound.
"Maybe Berlin thought they d
win easily because we had so many
injuries," Buerki said. The home
fans turned on their side with
whistles and jeers at times
throughout the second half.
Freiburg joined Hertha on 21
points but has a better goal dif-
ference. Both sides are three points
ahead of bottom side Stuttgart.
League leader Bayern Munich
routed Hamburger SV 8-0 on Sat-
urday, while Wolfsburg kept pace
was an injury-time winner to beat
Bayer Leverkusen 5-4 away. (AP)
Freiburg defeats Hertha 2-0
...Paderborn stuns Hannover 2-1
Third tier Bradford ousts Sunderland
PARIS---Uruguay forward Diego
Rolan scored the winner as Bor-
deaux beat Saint-Etienne 1-0
yesterday to edge closer to fourth
place in the French league.
Rolan ran onto a cross behind
the Saint-Etienne defense in the
42nd minute and sent the ball low
past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier
for his seventh league goal of the
season. Rolan almost got a second
goal in the 60th when he went
clean through but hit the post
after clipping the ball neatly past
Ruffier. Bordeaux remains sixth
but is only one point behind
Meanwhile, Guingamp contin-
ued its resurgent form with a 2-
0 win at last-place Metz to move
up to eighth. Even with top scorer
Claudio Beauvue rested,
Guingamp proved far too strong
for a lackluster Metz side and
scored twice in the first half
through striker Christophe Man-
danne and midfielder Jeremy Pied.
Late yesterday, league leader Lyon
was at Lorient, where a win would
move it four points clear.
Title rivals Paris Saint-Germain
and Marseille both drew their
games this weekend. (AP)
Rolan scores winner as Bordeaux beats Saint-Etienne
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