FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, reacts after scoring against Granada with his teammate Neymar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Lionel Messi's first hat trick of the season helped Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 and take a provisional lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.The victory lifted Barcelona one point above Atletico Madrid, which plays at fifth-place Celta Vigo on Sunday.Third-place Real Madrid was five points behind Barcelona.Barcelona dominated Granada, which was only 17th in the 20-team standings.Messi's third goal came after Neymar struck the post and the ball rebounded to Messi inside the area for his ninth league goal.Neymar sealed Barcelona's victory from close range, scoring his 15th league goal to tie Suarez as the competition's leading scorer.Barcelona has a game in hand against 18th-place Sporting Gijon because it played in the Club World Cup last month, and won.
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