Spanish Primera Liga review

Messi magic, Villarreal revival halted

February 19, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Barcelona beat third placed Valencia 5-1 at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi in sensational form as he bagged four goals to cut the gap to Real Madrid to ten points.

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Valencia took a surprise lead through Pablo Piatti in the ninth minute, but Barca's response was composed and clinical as they tore the visiting defence to shreds, producing chance after chance as Messi scored twice before half-time and then twice more in the final 15 minutes.
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