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Played
September 24, 2011 9:00 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 79000‎
 
 
15′ (OG) Miranda
 
26′ Messi
 
78′ Messi
 
90+1′ Messi
 
Top of the Match
Messi
Messi
FC Barcelona
Flop of the Match
L. Perea
L. Perea
Atletico Madrid

Barcelona 5-0 Atletico Madrid: Marvellous Messi fires hat-trick as Pep Guardiola's side produce thrilling victory

Barcelona strolled to an easy win with a sound beating of the capital club, with their Argentine genius coming to the fore once again

By Aladdin Tobal

Liga BBVA: Barcelona-Atlético de Madrid: David Villa
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Barcelona and Lionel Messi were in thrilling form as they thumped Atletico Madrid 5-0 at Camp Nou to return to winning ways.

The Argentine attacker scored a hat-trick, and further efforts from David Villa and a Miranda own goal sealed an excellent evening's work for the Catalan giants.

The home side began the match without defenders Carlos Puyol or Gerard Pigue, along with Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta who are both injured.  However, it was Atletico Madrid who threatened early as Tiago's fourth-minute shot beat Victor Valdes but was denied by the crossbar. 

Barcelona didn't take long to break through, though, and took the lead in the ninth minute through David Villa. The Spanish international brought the ball down  on the left side of the penalty area and tucked his shot into the bottom right corner.

The home side netted their second only six minutes later, after Lionel Messi attempted to touch the ball past the keeper, resulting in a deflection off the knee of Atletico defender Miranda.

Barca continued to dominate the game with a flourish of runs and passes and Messi grabbed his first of the night in the 26th minute.  A throw-in resulted in Messi dashing towards goal on the left side, beating a defender, and placing the ball in the bottom corner of the net.

Cesc Fabregas nearly struck a glorious goal in the 41st minute, after an attempted chip over the Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois just outside the box, but the ball grazed the crossbar and went over.

The second half began in similar fashion; in the 53rd minute, Fabregas fed the ball to Messi in the box only for the Belgian keeper to make another save.

Barcelona grabbed their fourth of the night after a moment of brilliance from Messi who received the ball from Dani Alves on the right, and strolled past three Atletico defenders before drilling the ball into the corner past a demoralised Courtois.

The little Argentine then grabbed a hat-trick in stoppage time after making a run down the left and placing the ball between the keepers legs to complete an excellent evening's work.

Barcelona’s next match is away to BATE Borisov in the Champions League in midweek, while Atletico must look to bounce back immediately from what was a resounding defeat.



FC Barcelona

1
Víctor Valdés
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Daniel Alves
Defender
78′
3.50
22
Éric Abidal
Defender
81′
3.50
16
Busquets
Midfielder
54′
3.50
14
Javier Mascherano
Midfielder
3.50
6
Thiago Alcántara
Midfielder
3.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
9′
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
72′
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
26′
3.00
9
David Villa
Striker
9′ 91′
3.50
10
Messi
Striker
15′ 26′ 78′ 91′
4.50

Atletico Madrid

2.00
13
2.00
6
2.00
2
2.00
23
Miranda
Defender
15′
2.00
14
L. Perea
Defender
72′
2.00
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
2.50
5
Tiago
Midfielder
80′
2.50
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
46′
2.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
2.50
21
Reyes
Striker
46′
2.50
9

Substitutes

13
0.00
17
Maxwell
Defender
81′
0.00
3
0.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
0.00
5
0.00
3
Piqué
Defender
54′ 71′
3.00
-
Seydou Keita
Midfielder
72′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
0.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
0.00
15
0.00
20
Juanfran
Midfielder
2.50
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
46′
2.00
18
0.00
7
Adrián
Striker
80′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0