Lionel Messi has taken Spanish champions FC Barcelona to their next victory with two remarkable free-kicks. In the city derby at Espanyol Barcelona, the Catalans won 4-0 (3-0) on the 15th matchday and extended their lead of the standings. Messi (17., 65.), the former Dortmunder Ousmane Dembele (26.) as well as Luis Suarez (45.) scored the goals.
Barcelona are now three points ahead of FC Sevilla with 31 points because coach Pablo Machin’s team were unable to beat FC Valencia 1-0 1-0. Mouctar Diakhaby (90.+3) compensated for the hosts’ lead by Pablo Sarabia (55.) late.
Borussia Dortmund’s Champions-League group opponent Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, solved his task sovereignly. Diego Simeone’s team won against Deportivo Alaves 3:0 (1:0).
Nikola Kalinic (25th), the French world champion Antoine Griezman (82nd) and Rodrigo (87th) scored for Atletico. In the table, the Rojiblancos are third on points with Sevilla. Real Madrid will play at SD Huesca on Sunday (16.15).