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Magical Messi nets two spectacular free-kicks in Barcelona's derby demolition

Magical Messi nets two spectacular free-kicks in Barcelona's derby demolition

The Argentinean scored two goals and had a hand in two more as his side thrashed city rivals, Espanyol in Espanyol's Cornella El-Prat Stadium. A goal in each half with an assist in between saw the 5th best player in the world, according to France Football, break another La Liga record.

Lionel Messi scored twice from free kicks in a league match for the first time in his career on Saturday, leading Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league.

Espanyol's fourth consecutive league defeat left them ninth in the standings, but they didn't stand a chance with Messi in this mood.

However, Los Che levelled two minutes into stoppage time when substitute Mouctar Diakhaby knocked the ball home from close range after a free-kick caused a scramble in the six-yard box.

Messi got the ball rolling with 17 minutes gone as he curled a stunning free-kick into the top right corner of Diego Lopez's net after being felled by Oscar Duarte and the "Blaugrana" didn't look back from the, with each and every one of their goals fit to take the breath away.

That change is up front where Luis Suárez comes in for Philippe Coutinho.

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"The alarm is that we have 21 points and we know how hard it is to have points in the league".

'Messi is just extraordinary.

Lionel Messi celebrates against Espanyol (Joan Monfort/AP).

Just nine minutes after Messi's opener it was two, the Argentine again playing a vital role as he found Ousmane Dembele out on the left with a wonderful pass, the Frenchman cutting inside onto his right foot and lashing a fierce curling effort into the far corner.

Victor Sanchez headed over the Barcelona crossbar 10 minutes from time as Espanyol continued to search for a goal, and it nearly arrived when Baptistao struck towards the far corner, but the ball just deflected wide.

Leo Baptistao was introduced in the 60th minute as Espanyol looked for a route back into the match, but Barcelona continued to resist the pressure, with Ter Stegen not having too much to do.