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Barcelona's Fabregas hits 3 in place of injured Messi

Barcelona beat Mallorca 5-0 in the 30th matchday of the Spain La Liga on Saturday

AP, Sunday 7 Apr 2013
FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas gestures after scoring against Mallorca during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 6, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Cesc Fabregas scored a hat trick to shine in place of the injured Lionel Messi as Barcelona thrashed Mallorca 5-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo went on as a substitute to seal Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Levante.

Messi is trying to recover from a right hamstring injury for Paris Saint-Germain's visit on Wednesday with their Champions League quarterfinal poised at 2-2.

But if he does not make it, Barcelona showed it has other scoring options in Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, who netted a double and set up Fabregas' first two goals.

Eric Abidal went on in the 70th minute for his first game with Barcelona since a liver transplant last year.

Barcelona leads the league by 13 points.

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