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Barcelona goal highlights: Messi is getting ridiculous with his free kick magic

Luis Suarez scored twice and Paco Alcacer got his first league goal for Barcelona as the Catalans recorded their biggest home win of the season, hammering an eighth-placed Las Palmas who they twice struggled to overcome last term.

Messi now has scored a goal against every current team in La Liga.

Suarez spurned the chance to seal a hat-trick a minute later but Arda Turan pounced after Varas saved again to score the fourth, while out-of-favour right back Aleix Vidal netted his first goal for the club in the 80th minute.

That stalemate leaves Barcelona sitting third in the league behind Sevilla and leaders Real Madrid, who now enioy a five-point gap over their sworn enemies.

Victory took them above Sevilla and to within two points of Real, but the capital club have two games in hand on their bitter rivals.

"He would not be as good without [Andres] Iniesta, Neymar and company, but Messi is the best".

Of late, both sides have shown spirit and despite their 0-5 defeat by Real Madrid last weekend, Granada look more solid under Lucas Alcaraz, while Osasuna showed personality to come from behind three times on Monday to draw 3-3 against fellow strugglers Valencia.

Athletic have been Jekyll and Hyde performers this season with just one defeat at home, but a series of poor displays on the road.

In contrast to Luis Enrique, Las Palmas coach Quique Setien said: "It's probably the worst performance from us since I have been in charge. The entire team's defensive work was enormous".

Barca reached the quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win thanks to a 78th-minute Messi free-kick on Wednesday.

He said in his post-match press conference: "We have lacked a bit of humility".

"He wants to stay and the club knows what it has to do".

The hosts remained in the ascendancy and Varas' poor parry from Rafinha's cross from the left of the area gifted Messi a simple tap in to start the goal rush after 52 minutes. "Now we need to keep working hard to meet our targets".

"I don't know if it was our best game of the season, but we beat a team that always make it hard".


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