Lionel Messi Scored Twice, As Barcelona Thrashed Real Sociedad

Argentina star Lionel Messi netted twice as below-par Barcelona laboured to a victory over Real Sociedad to keep their La Liga title hopes alive.

The Luis Enrique side are three points below Real Madrid, who have a match in hand, going into El Clasico next weekend.

Messi fired Barcelona into the lead from 25 yards and scuffed home a second, his 498th goal for the club, before defender Samuel Umtiti's own goal gave La Real hope.

Spanish midfielder Paco Alcacer made it 3-1 before Xabi Prieto pulled one back.

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