Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his Real Madrid counterpart, Gareth Bale both hit hat-tricks for their respective clubs as the two La Liga giants claimed comfortable victories in their matches.
Messi scored his first hat-trick of the new season as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada at Camp Nou.
The Argentine scored twice in the first 15 minutes and added another after the break to take his season’s tally to 18, as Barca made it 20 games unbeaten.
Messi put Barcelona in command with composed close-range finishes to Luis Suarez-inspired moves.
He followed up to add a 58th-minute third, before Neymar lobbed the fourth as Luis Enrique’s men returned to the top of the log ahead of Atletico Madrid’s game at Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Bale’s hat-trick helped Real Madrid thump Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 in Zinedine Zidane’s first match in charge of the club. Karim Benzema’s backheel gave Los Blancos the lead after 15 minutes before Bale doubled the lead seven minutes later. The Welshman scored his second and third after the break before Benzema netted his second of the match at the death.
Barcelona lead the log on 42 points, one ahead of Atletico Madrid with Madrid on 37 points.
Barcelona 4-0 Granada
Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo La Coruna
Getafe 1-0 Real Betis
Sevilla 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
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