Lionel Messi scores 250th La Liga goal in ruthless Barcelona victory

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Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi needed a helping hand from Xavi and Neymar as Luis Enrique's side got the better of a spirited Eibar side at the Camp Nou last night, thanks to a devastating second-half spell which featured three goals in just 14 minutes.

Xavi opened the scoring on the hour mark with a clever finish from close range, but he owed a great deal to Messi's magnificent through ball on a night where the Argentine maestro scored his 250th goal in La Liga and moved to within one goal of Telmo Zarra's all-time record.

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Eibar's first ever clash with Barca in the Spanish top flight had been a fruitful one untilXavi and Messi combined to produce a moment of genuine quality, with the finish applied by the veteran playmaker after a measured pass from Messi.

With that the plucky visitors knew the was up and Barca's forwards showed no mercy, with Neymar quick to get in on the act with a controlled volley from inside the penalty area.

El Clasico test looms large

Neymar combined with Messi just two minutes after scoring to set up his strike partner for a landmark goal, which was rifled into the bottom corner with ruthless precision.

Enrique's side were utterly dominant late on against Eibar, with highlights available from another efficient display if you follow the link to La Liga's YouTube page by clicking here.

Messi will now have the chance to match Zarra's haul in the most prestigious fixture in Spanish football, with the season's first El Clasico on the horizon next Saturday.

Barca take a four-point advantage into that showdown and still haven't conceded in eight La Liga under Enrique's guidance.

The Catalan chief now faces his first massive decision as boss, does he bring Luis Suarez straight back into the starting XI for that epic clash or keep a winning team intact?

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