Messi's Hat-Trick Secured Win for Barcelona
By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | March 24, 2014 3:11 PM EST
A nail-biting match unfolded at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid when Barcelona FC defeated Real Madrid by 4-3.
With seven goals, three penalities, a hat-trick from Messi and red card for Ramos, the match was electrifying right from the start. This win placed Barcelona in the second position on the chart of La Liga as they secured three points to attain 70 points in total.
The first goal of the match came at 7 minutes when Lionel Messi slid a pass through to Andrés Iniesta, who made no mistake as he smashed the ball with a left-footed strike into the top corner.
At 20 minutes of the first half, Karim Benzema equalised the score as Ángel Fabián di María of Real made a brilliant cross to the front post and Benzema encashed the opportunity with a perfect header.
The next goal came right after 4 minutes when Kareem Benzema got another chance again from di María as he crossed into the box for Benzema, who tees the ball up before smashing a volley into the corner.
Having Madrid leading by one goal, Barcelona was looking for an equaliser when in 42 minutes Messi pushed the ball into the bottom right corner.
In the second half, on 55 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo scored another goal from a penalty kick which was awarded for a wrong tackle by Dani Alves. However, it seemed the tackle was outside the box.
At 63 minutes, Madrid faced a critical situation when Sergio Ramos was shown red card for a faulty tackle to Neymar. This led to a penalty and Messi stepped up to place the ball flawlessly into the right corner.
The last match winning goal for Barcelona came in 84 minutes, when Madrid is fined again with another penalty because of a clear spotkick from Daniel Carvajal and Xabi Alonso as they tried to tackle Iniesta.
Messi again finding the right opportunity scored the final goal and on came his hat-trick.
At the last leg of the game, Madrid looked for opportunities to come back to the match, but of no avail. The match ended by 4-3.
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