Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Adriano (Mascherano 46'); Thiago (Iniesta 71'),
Xavi, Keita; Alexis (Tello 71'), Messi, Cuenca. 4-3-3.
Granada: Julio César; David Cortés, Mainz, Borja Gómez, Siqueira; Moisés Hurtado (Abel Gómez 69'), Mikel Rico; Franco Jara (Uche 46'), Carlos Martins, Dani Benítez; Ighalo (Geijo 77'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 04. Xavi. Volley past Julio César after Messi headed back Cuenca cross.
2-0. 17. Messi. First time shot in off post after Cuenca crossed from left wing.
2-1. 55. Mainz. Angled header across Valdés from wide Carlos Martins free kick.
2-2. 62. Siqueira (penalty). After Dani Alves bundled over Dani Benítez in area.
3-2. 68. Messi. Picked up Dani Alves through ball and lifted shot over keeper.
4-2. 86. Tello. Curled shot back in to net after Julio César pushed out Messi shot.
5-2. 88. Messi. Controlled Dani Alves pass and ghosted past keeper to score.
5-3. 90. Siqueira (penalty). After Dani Alves blocked Dani Benítez cross with arm.
Yellow cards: Ighalo 09', Benítez 33', Keita 47', Cortés 58', Dani Alves 61', 89', Moisés 63', Borja 65', Mascherano 88', Geijo 90', Abel 92' / red cards: Dani Alves 89'.
It was Barcelona's turn to go first in the midweek round of matches, and they momentarily closed the gap on Real Madrid to five points after a 5-3 win over Granada on Tuesday evening. Xavi and Messi appeared to have set up an easy victory with first half strikes, the first after Messi headed back Cuenca's cross, and the second with a shot in off the post from another Cuenca assist. But a Mainz header and a Siqueira penalty after Dani Alves brought down Dani Benítez levelled the scores within six minutes of the restart. Messi restored the lead though with a record 233rd goal for his club, and with five minutes to go Messi set up Tello for the fourth and then completed his hat-trick himself. There was still time for Siqueira to convert a second penalty after Dani Alves handled in the area, the full back picking up a second booking for the offence, but the game ended soon afterwards.