MX23RW : Wednesday, December 12 13:15:57
Sep 1, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Mestalla
Valencia
2-3
Barcelona
Postiga (45', 45')
FT(HT: 2-3)
Messi (11', 39', 43')

Result: Lionel Messi hat-trick downs Valencia

Barcelona beat Valencia 3-2 at the Mestalla thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Lionel Messi.

Barcelona have maintained their 100% start to the La Liga season at the expense of Valencia in this evening's match at the Mestalla.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the match against Valencia on September 1, 2013© AFP

The visitors made a bright start and deservedly took the lead in the 11th minute, with Cesc Fabregas finding Lionel Messi, who rounded Diego Alves to slip into an empty net.

Los Che came close to levelling the score in the 38th minute, but Dorlan Pabon's shot was well saved by Victor Valdes. The home side had no answer for what was to come next, as Messi and Neymar terrorised the defence.

The Argentinian grabbed his second of the game just moments after Valdes's save and went on to complete his hat-trick in the 41st minute when his Brazilian teammate set him up from close range.

Just as the match was getting away from Miroslav Dukic's men, Helder Postiga set about making the Serb's half-time team talk a more positive one with two goals in quick succession - the first a stunning volley.

Messi wasted a couple of glorious opportunities to add to the score late on, but it was the post that came to Barca's rescue when Jonas had Valdes beaten in the 90th minute.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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