Spanish champions FC Barcelona have recaptured the Primera Division's standings thanks to a gala performance by world footballer Lionel Messi. The Argentinian scored three goals in the 4-1 (2-1) against Celta Vigo for the Catalans and proved once again as a standard artist. First Messi brought the team of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen by hand penalty (23) in the lead, then he turned two free kicks (45. + 1 / 48th) directly.
But also in the meantime equalization of the guests, the Argentinian had his feet in the game: Messi caused a free-kick in front of his own penalty area, which Lucas Olaza (42) used to 1: 1. Spanish international Sergio Busquets (85 ') reached the final.
This pushed Barcelona's champions Real Madrid to second place. Without the pausing national player Toni Kroos, the Madrilenians had previously pushed thanks to a safe 4: 0 (3: 0) at SD Eibar briefly at the top of the table. Three days after the Galatasaray Istanbul 6-0 gala in the Champions League, attacker Karim Benzema again scored twice. First, the Frenchman used the disorder on Eibars defensive to lead (17.), then he caused by foul penalty for Reals third goal (29). Previously, captain Sergio Ramos had also hit off the spot (20th). In the second half Youngster Federico Valverde (62.) increased.
Arsenal also lose to Leicester
Ex-surprise champion Leicester City has moved past champions Manchester City to twelfth on Matchday 12 in the English Premier League. By the 2-0 (0-0) against Arsenal the Foxes celebrated the fourth victory in series and claimed with now 26 points their place in the leading group. ManCity, on Sunday (17.30 / Sky) guest of league leaders FC Liverpool (31 points), has 25 points in the account.
Also, Chelsea overtook the team of coach Pep Guardiola at least temporarily. The Blues won their home game against Crystal Palace 2-0 (0-0) and now rank 26 points in third place.
At Leicester, attacker Jamie Vardy became the key player. First, the England international took the lead for the top titleholder of 2016 (68 ') before giving James Maddison the 2: 0 (75'). Former international Mesut Ozil was again in the starting eleven in the Gunners, who are gradually losing the connection, but remained pale. Arsenal have not won in four league games.
The Chelsea goals scored Tammy Abraham (52) and the ex-Dortmunder Christian Pulisic (79). The Londoners celebrated the sixth consecutive Premier League victory.