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First Division - Day 36

Barcelona 4 - Espanyol 0

Barcelona: Pinto; Montoya, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano (Tello 77'); Thiago, Busquets, Keita (Fàbregas 65'); Pedro, Messi, Iniesta (Xavi 78'). 4-3-3.
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Forlín, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Víctor Sánchez, Raúl Baena; Javi López (Cristian Gómez 59'), Verdú (Rui Fonte 79'), Weiss; Alvaro Vázquez (Coutinho 65'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 11. Messi. Curled free kick over defensive wall in to near corner of net.
2-0. 64. Messi (penalty). After Cristian Gómez handled ball inside penalty area.
3-0. 74. Messi. Controlled long pass from Adriano and ran on to beat Alvarez.
4-0. 78. Messi (penalty). After Busquets fell over feet of Forlín inside area.

Yellow cards: Forlín 03', Busquets 19', Víctor Sánchez 29', Cristian Gómez 62', Alvaro Vázquez 62', Cristian Alvarez 63', Montoya 70', Tello 83', Puyol 88'.

Barcelona beat local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in the next to last game of the season to scupper any chances that Pochettino's side had of reaching the European spots. It was another emotive night in the Nou Camp, with fans saying goodbye to Guardiola in a prolonged ceremony after the match finished. Otherwise though the star of the night was Leo Messi, who almost certainly tied up the Pichichi and the Golden Boot awards with four goals which took his tally in the league to an amazing 50, ten more than the all-time record set by Cristiano Ronaldo only last season. Messi started things off with a well struck free kick in the eleventh minute, and although Verdú replied with a free kick just wide, Cristian Alvarez had to be at his best to save from Keita and Messi later on in the first half. Raúl Baena thought he should have had a penalty soon after the restart, but a few minutes later referee Fernando Teixeira Vitienes awarded one to the home side after Cristian Gómez handled in the area, and Messi stepped up to score his second of the night. A few minutes later Mascherano headed a shot from Weiss over the bar with keeper Pinto beaten, but play went up the other end and Messi controlled a long pass from Adriano before running on to complete his hat-trick. There was still time though for Messi to score a fourth with another penalty after Forlín tripped Busquets in the area, and he almost got another near the end when he got free on goal only to shoot just wide. A night of celebrations, but with no titles so far this season and the manager abandoning ship, right now the future at Barcelona is uncertain.