Football Soccer - Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao - Spanish La Liga Santander - Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona, Spain, 04/02/17 Barcelona's Lionel Messi talks to team mate Neymar after scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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La Liga champions Barcelona stayed on the heels of leaders Real Madrid by coasting to a 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as Lionel Messi became the club's top scorer from free-kicks.Paco Alcacer scored his first league goal since joining from Valencia last year by turning in a pass from Neymar in the 18th minute while Messi whipped in an angled strike in the 40th, his 27th goal from a free-kick for Barca.Barca stayed second in the standings, moving one point behind Real Madrid having played two games more.Athletic continued to cause problems but the Catalans doubled their advantage before the break when Messi smashed the ball from the right-hand side of the area straight past Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.
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