Barcelona equal La Liga record of 38 games without defeat

  • Barcelona equal La Liga record of 38 games without defeat

Barcelona equal La Liga record of 38 games without defeat

Barcelona matched Real Sociedad's all-time record of 38 successive La Liga games without defeat with their 3-1 victory over Leganes on Saturday. A fresh start under ValverdeThe former Athletic Bilbao coach was seen as an unglamorous choice for the dugout and faced a daunting task of getting the team back on track after humbling Spanish Super Cup losses to Real Madrid, but the Basque's calmness has proved to be what the team needed after three intense years under Luis Enrique.

Having only made his professional debut for Rennes in September 2015, and then spent one season in Germany, Dembele is now gracing the same side as World Cup champions and five time Ballon d'Or victor Messi.

The Argentinian stepped up and curled the ball over the ball and into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to score his 27th league goal of the season.

Messi struck twice in quick succession during the first half to put Barca in charge at the Nou Camp and he completed the 45th treble of his career late on after Nabil El Zhar had pulled a goal back for Leganes.

After being picked out by Philippe Coutinho, Messi then doubled the score-line, holding off two defenders before finding the net with a trademark finish, which he nearly passed into the goal.

Lionel Messi dazzled for Barcelona yet again this weekend, hitting his 40th hat-trick for the club and his 29th in La Liga. The five-time Ballon d'Or victor chested down Ousmane Dembele's pass and dinked the ball over Cuellar with consummate ease.

"It's been hard to achieve. Looking forward to the next matches, the way he played is good news for us".

Barca are next in action on Wednesday at Roma in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, defending a 4-1 advantage from the first leg at the Nou Camp.

Real Betis climbed up to fifth and edged closer to a return to European football next season by beating Eibar 2-0 at home, while Alaves beat Getafe 2-0.