Barcelona continue their pefect start in La Liga as Lionel Messi bags a double

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Lionel Messi provided two goals in a comfortable 4-1 home win as Barcelona continued their flawless record in La Liga this season.

The first half brought no goals, but the second proved more fruitful as goals from Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar provided another easy win for the champions.

Barca started in their typically offensive and controlling fashion with a low Messi cross failing to be converted by Munir on the stretch.


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After 15 minutes, Messi stormed into the Levante box but could only poke his effort into the onrushing Ruben.

Levante broke away after 30 minutes and could have taken the lead, but Nabil Ghilas screwed his effort wide, much to the relief of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Going into half-time Levante may have felt lucky not to have conceded. However, Luiz Enrique would have asked his team to push on and break the deadlock.

The opener came soon after the break, defender Bartra found himself at the back post as a cross dropped onto the outstretched boot of the centre-half who found the bottom corner.

It was two after 56 minutes as Neymar poked the ball past Ruben from six yards. 

Four minutes later the Brazilian was involved again as he was brought down in the box. Messi stepped up to get himself a goal as he smashed his spot kick into the top right.

Lucas Alcaraz's team failed to give in and pulled one back as Ter Stegen failed to punch a corner and the ball fell straight to the thankful Victor as he placed the ball into an empty Barca net.

The away side continued to press; Jefferson Lerma and Acosta Deyverson had chances to lower the deficit.

However, Barca's attacking threat brought another penalty for Messi on 75 minutes, but the four-time Ballon d'Or penalty ballooned his spot kick.

But there was still time for Messi to grab his second, and Barca's fourth of the night, as he found half a yard on the edge of the box to slot home. 

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