Messi brace as Barcelona beats Racing 3-0

AP, Saturday 15 Oct 2011

Lionel Messi scored a double to lead Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday, while fellow Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain netted a hat trick in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Real Betis

Barcelona V Racing Santander

Madrid had provisionally moved ahead of its fierce rivals, but Messi kept the defending champions top of the standings with a goal in each half while Xavi Hernandez added another.

Barcelona stayed one point ahead of Madrid with its third straight win.

Levante can keep pace with Barcelona with a victory over Malaga on Sunday.

With 196 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, Messi moved past Laszlo Kubala (194) into sole possession of second place on the club career scoring list, behind only Cesar Rodriguez (235)

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