Barca’s 4-0 win cut the gap at the top of La Liga to one point.
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Lionel Messi struck a stunning hat-trick to ensure Barcelona maintained the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 win away to Deportivo la Coruna to cut the gap at the top to one point.The Argentine's first effort of the game was brilliantly saved by Fabircio after a well-worked corner, but the Deportivo goalkeeper was helpless when the four-time World Player of the Year opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a thunderous header from Ivan Rakitic's cross.However, Codina's resistancewas finally broken just before the hour mark with a brilliant team goal as Isco and James Rodriguez combined to free Benzema and the Frenchman produced an exquisite piece of skill on the byline to cut the ball back for Ronaldo to slam home.The opening goal arrived 11 minutes before halftime when Diego Godin was hauled down by Abdoul Sissoko as he tried to reach Fernando Torres' cross and Mandzukic smashed home the resultant penalty for his 16th goal of the season.
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