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La Liga: Málaga 1-4 Barcelona

[Monday, January 23, 2012 ]

Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona ensured they kept pace with La Liga leaders Real Madrid after a 4-1 win at Málaga.

Messi opened the scoring with a rare header in the 33rd minute and Alexis Sánchez doubled the lead at the start of the second half.

The three-time Ballon D'Or winner made it 3-0 on 51 minutes before competing his treble eight minutes from time.

Málaga substitute striker Salomón Rondón then netted a consolation goal in the 85th minute.

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