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Merciless Messi leads Barca in Osasuna beating

sports Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:04 IST
Lionel Messi

A hat-trick by Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to an 8-0 rout of Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday as the champions responded with a memorable performance after a poor week by their high standards.

The Champions League holders were accused of complacency after blowing leads against Real Sociedad and AC Milan to twice draw 2-2 but they stormed into a 5-0 halftime lead against Osasuna at the Nou Camp.

David Villa scored twice, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and visiting defender Roversio (own goal) joined Messi on the scoresheet as Barca climbed to second in the table with seven points from three matches.

Barca are two points behind leaders Valencia who were 1-0 winners at Sporting Gijon earlier in the day after striker Roberto Soldado scored his fifth league goal of the season.

Soldado, in the running for a place in Spain’s Euro 2012 squad, tapped in at the back post after home keeper Juan Pablo could only parry a shot in the 29th minute. Real Madrid visited Levante late on Sunday.

Inter, Roma settle for goalless draw
Rome: Inter Milan and AS Roma settled for a goalless draw which gave them their first point each of the Serie A season at the San Siro on Saturday in a game which avoided plunging either side into further crisis.

Although Inter halted their spiral of three defeats in three games, including an humiliating home loss to outsiders Trabzonspor in the Champions Legaue midweek, they rarely threatened Roma who have also had a mediocre start this year.