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Barca hammer Deportivo

Lionel Messi scored a stunning freekick and helped set up two more goals as Barcelona swept aside Deportivo Coruna 4-0 away to surge five points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

sports Updated: Jan 10, 2011 00:41 IST

Lionel Messi scored a stunning freekick and helped set up two more goals as Barcelona swept aside Deportivo Coruna 4-0 away to surge five points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

The Argentine World Player of the Year, who is up against team mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta for the FIFA Ballon d'Or on Monday, swept in a freekick in the 51st minute, having already set up striker David Villa for the opener in the first half.

Iniesta made it 3-0 at thwe 80th and almost immediately Messi's driving run led to the ball breaking to Pedro, who lifted the ball, for the fourth.

Earlier Sevilla fough back to win 3-2 at promoted Real Sociedad.