Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona: Lionel Messi scores twice as champion ease to victory

Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona: Lionel Messi scores twice as champion ease to victory

Lionel Messi opened the scoring against Espanyol with a close-range free-kick

Lionel Messi scored two sublime free kicks as Barcelona beat Espanyol to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi first found the top corner from the edge of the area.

Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca's lead with a curling finish before Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a tight angle.

Another sensational Messi set-piece – this time out of further out – completed the victory.