MADRID: Lionel Messi scored twice more to take his club tally to 301 goals as Barcelona recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 away to Granda in La Liga.
The World Player of the Year equalised in the 50th minute then converted a winning free kick in the 73rd, his own 37th in the league campaign. Only a superb late save from keeper Tono denied Messi a hat-trick.
Barcelona moved 15 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Milan in the Champions League.
Assistant coach Jordi Roura said: “More than 300 goals is extraordinary. We had a lot of chances and didn’t take them then he scored two very important goals.”
In France a late goal from Rod Fanni earned Marseille a 1-0 home win over mid-table Valenciennes to move second, within five points of Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the leaders’ game against Sochaux.
In Germany a Marco Reus hat-trick gave 10-man Borussia Dortmund a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to keep the champions in second spot, a point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen who defeated Augsburg 2-1.
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich maintained their command of the Bundesliga by winnng 2-0 at Wolfsburg on Friday on goals from Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben.
In Holland PSV Eindhoven hit back to beat visitors Utrecht 2-1 and go six points clear with strikes from Dries Mertens and Georginio Wijnaldum even though they finished with 10 men after having Atiba Hutchinson sent off for a second yellow card after 70 minutes.
In Italy Roma veteran Francesco Totti scored a superb long-range goal to secure a 1-0 win over leaders Juventus. Roma’s captain has totalled 224 Serie A goals, one fewer than the second all-time top scorer Gunnar Nordahl.
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